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Is Avoiding Car Maintenace a Sign of Negligence?

On Behalf of | | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Motorists accept an immense responsibility when they drive, and part of this responsibility includes exercising due care, which includes maintaining their vehicles in roadworthy condition. Car accidents are exceptionally dangerous, and the claims that follow are legally complex. If you’ve suffered an injury due to another driver’s negligence, an experienced South Carolina car accident attorney can help.

Driver Negligence

When we think about driver negligence, matters like the following come to mind:

  • Distraction, which interferes with the driver’s ability to focus on the important task of driving safely
  • Impairment, which is closely associated with some of the deadliest accidents on our roadways
  • Exhaustion, which is a form of impairment that’s much like drunk driving
  • Excess speed, which makes car accidents both more likely and more dangerous
  • Aggression, which is one of the most terrifying forms of driver negligence
  • Failure to follow traffic laws, which includes failure to yield the right-of-way and beyond

It’s important to note, however, that failing to keep one’s vehicle in safe working condition also qualifies. When a motorist fails to take the reasonable steps necessary to keep their vehicle well maintained or doesn’t address a mechanical concern that comes to their attention, it puts everyone on the road at increased risk, and they can be held legally responsible if they cause an accident as a result.

Primary Concerns When It Comes to Car Maintenance

The kinds of maintenance that motorists are required to keep up with apply to all the following car parts:

  • Tires
  • Turn signals
  • Brakes
  • Lights
  • The windshield and wipers
  • The horn

Further, when a driver notices that their car isn’t performing properly or hears something that sounds off, they’re responsible for having the matter checked out.

The Mechanic or Repair Shop

Sometimes, the driver gets their vehicle in for the proper maintenance, but the work performed is inadequate in one way or another. In these instances, the party who performed the faulty work can be found responsible – or may share responsibility – for an ensuing car accident.

The Car Dealership or Manufacturer

There are also instances when the dealership that sold the car or the manufacturer that made it can be held liable for the damages experienced in a car accident. For example, when a dealer sells or leases a vehicle that is known to have a defect, or that has been recalled, liability applies. Further, when the car is defective by design or manufacture or in relation to instructions and warnings, the manufacturer can be held directly responsible for a related accident.

An Experienced Charleston Car Accident Attorney Is Standing By to Help

The accomplished Charleston car accident attorneys at Query Sautter & Associates recognize just how difficult it can be to move past an accident that was caused by another driver’s negligence, and we will leave no stone unturned in our focused efforts to guide your claim effectively and efficiently forward toward an advantageous outcome that supports your rights. To learn more, please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call 843-795-9500 today.