Protecting the Injured Due to Negligently Maintained Vehicles in Union County
How often have you seen a poorly kept vehicle driving next to you and say to yourself, “That guy is going to hurt somebody.”? Not only are people responsible to keep their own vehicle well maintained, but when you leave a shop, you expect that your vehicle has been properly maintained.
Personal Vehicle Maintenance Negligence
As the owner of a car, you often don’t do your own mechanical work, and take you vehicle to a mechanic for a periodic service. When you try to take care of your own car, you place yourself at risk in creating a dangerous situation, and may end up hurting another driver on the road. When you take your car to a shop to do the work, you accept their work is compliant with industry standards. Often, however, the shop does not complete the job and or fails to comply with industry standards in its maintenance.
The Mark Law Firm has seen cases involving faulty report in the following areas
- Poor Brakes
- Loose Tire Bolts
- Hood Latch
- Engine Repair
- Bad tires and wheels, and
- Faulty headlights, taillights or turn signals
The attorneys at The Mark Law Firm are here and dedicated to help you if you or a loved one has been hurt due to the negligent maintenance of another owner or service station. Contact us immediately to speak to a qualified attorney about your case.
Tractor-Trailer Maintenance Negligence
Semi-trucks encounter a great deal of wear and tear. Long-distance truck drivers put many miles on these vehicles. Proper maintenance is absolutely crucial. By law, the Owners of tractor trailer or semi-truck is required by law to are required by the rules of the trucking industry to follow a specific maintenance schedule. They must keep records of this maintenance, showing when brakes and tires, as well as other equipment, was checked, fixed or replaced. When we handle trucking accident cases, one of the first steps in our investigation is to get maintenance records and review them. What we frequently find is that maintenance has been skipped. This is a clear sign of negligence.
Some examples of poor maintenance may include issues relating to
- Trailers that improperly hooked up or maintained and break loose
- Worn or bald tires
- Improperly maintained or deficient brakes
- Lack of reflectors or reflective tape
- Loose or missing mud flaps
- Broken headlights or turn signals
- Broken or faulty brake lights
- Broken or loose doors
- Defective or inefficient tie-downs
- Covers on loads
In fact, federal law outlines the maintenance standards applied to commercial vehicles which applies to drivers, agents, representatives, and employees responsible for the maintenance or inspection of vehicles. In addition, the commercial vehicle owner must maintain, inspect, and keep all of the vehicles under their control in good repair, and keep records of the maintenance. Common errors result however in poor lubrication, oil and grease leaks, poor breaks, and debris. The vehicle is required to be in a safe and proper operating condition. This includes the frame, tires, wheels, paneling, lights, axels, suspension and steering systems.
Rental Car Maintenance Negligence
When renting a car, we trust the vehicle is safe. However, in the midst of enjoying our business trip or vacation, a problem arises. Due to the enormous strain, wear and tear on these vehicles, many are not kept at a standard suitable for safe operation and are not roadworthy. The negligence of the rental car agency is unacceptable. The rental car agencies negligence cannot be tolerated, and when you trust them to provide you with a safe vehicle, but are injured, you need a qualified attorney on your side.
The rental car agency is responsible for regularly scheduled maintenance, checkups and to fix prior complaints about a vehicle’s safety. Often, we are The Mark Law Firm see people injured due to faulty brakes, tires, airbag, engine or lights of the vehicle. Often, there are hidden defects in the car such as physical or property damage, resulting in an accident. If this happens, you could be entitled to compensation.