Although negligent drivers cause most New York auto collisions, some crashes occur because of a vehicle malfunction, which means you may need an auto repair negligence attorney. When customers bring their vehicles in for a repair, they presume that the shop will exercise proper workmanship to affect the repairs. When auto shops fail to meet industry standards associated with the work they perform, the result can be devastating accidents causing you to need a defective care repair lawyer. A tire that should be replaced might merely be patched, or brake pads that are not replaced could fail when a driver needs to stop to avoid a collision. In this blog, we examine factors that can impact whether you might have an auto accident injury claim against an auto repair shop.
Region of the Vehicle Where Work Performed: The proximity of the malfunctioning part or component to the work authorized constitutes an important consideration when determining the facility’s liability. If the vehicle owner brings a car to the dealership complaining about a malfunctioning automatic door lock feature, the mechanics typically would not be expected to notice worn brake pads. The law does not impose a duty on a repair shop hired for a specific repair to diagnose and fix every possible issue from front bumper to rear bumper. On the other hand, the shop probably would be expected to advise the consumer of the worn brake pads when tasked with changing a rear tire.
Nature of Requested Repairs: Along with the location of the malfunctioning part of a vehicle, the specific complaint of the consumer also can impact the scope of the duty of an auto repair facility. While a flat tire caused by running over a nail in the road might simply justify patching and filling the tire, a more thorough examination of the vehicle suspension or frame might be required if the flat occurred because the vehicle ran over a large piece of metal debris on a highway.
Type of Service Center: The nature of the vehicle repair center also can impact a facility’s liability for diagnosing problems and repairs. A much more expansive duty to identify and correct mechanical issues falls on the service center of automotive dealerships. These facilities must not only competently affect repairs requested by customers but also take care of safety recalls, as well as safety alerts regarding new recommendations for inspections, operation, and testing.
If you have been involved in a collision that you suspect resulted from a faulty vehicle repair, an experienced New York auto accident injury attorney can analyze the facts and explain your rights and options under the law.
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