Vehicle accidents are not uncommon in Scottsdale and throughout Arizona. In most cases, crashes are caused by the careless or negligent actions of one or more drivers on the roadway. However, there are times when accidents are caused by the mechanical failure of one of the vehicles involved. Here, we want to discuss who could be at fault in the event mechanical failure is responsible for a vehicle collision. This is important because victims need to be able to secure compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, property damage expenses, and more.
Data available from the Arizona Department of Transportation shows us that there were nearly 130,000 vehicle accidents across the state during the latest reporting year. However, while we know that the vast majority of these accidents were caused by human error, many of them were caused by mechanical error.
There are various types of mechanical failures that can lead to vehicle accidents in Arizona. Some of the most common malfunctions include:
When one of these issues, or a host of other mechanical errors that can occur, cause a vehicle accident, investigators will look to see whether or not the vehicle had been properly maintained. Depending on whether or not a vehicle has been cared for and whether or not the vehicle owner knew about a hazardous condition, liability could fall in a few different places.
There are a few different parties that could be at fault in the event a mechanical failure causes a crash. This includes:
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in an accident caused by a vehicle defect, you need to work with an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible. These cases can become incredibly challenging, but a skilled lawyer will be able to investigate the claim, determine liability, and help their client recover full compensation for their losses.