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Vehicle Condition Factors in Auto Accidents


Personal Injury

The Gainesville Attorneys of the Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A. understand that there are a variety of factors that can contribute to the cause of an accident, and therefore observe the importance of carefully and thoroughly investigating each incident. Although auto accidents are more commonly associated with the negligent, reckless, or unlawful actions of a motorist—many car wrecks also occur due to factors associated with a vehicle involved, as opposed to solely the actions of a vehicle driver. In some cases, vehicle condition factors can combine with other factors, and as a result, increase the extent of injury sustained in an auto collision, such as where an airbag fails to deploy.

Accidents involving a vehicle component or condition are more common than many might think. This is because, the average consumer operates their motor vehicle with the expectation that, if a vehicle is properly maintained, our tires will not blow-out and our wheels will not fall off; the braking or steering system will not unexpectedly fail; and the airbag will not malfunction in an accident. Sadly, this is not always the case.

Although accidents related to vehicle conditions account for less than 10% of all motor vehicle crashes, the actual number of incidents in which a vehicle condition was listed as a factor, is astounding, given the millions of accidents that occur nationwide each year. Some examples include:

    • Defective Tires
    • Under or Over Inflation of Tires
    • Worn Treading on Tires
    • Wheel Component causes detachment
    • Steering Mechanism or Braking System failure
    • Defect of Malfunction of Airbag or other Safety Feature
    • Engine failure
    • Improper Vehicle Maintenance or Repair
    • Other Faulty or Defective Vehicle Component

While there are hundreds, and perhaps even thousands, of potential vehicle-related factors that can both cause or contribute to the extent of an accident, the above-listed are amongst the most common. Beyond identifying the vehicle component or condition suspected to be at issue, such vehicle-element must be traced back to its source. This requires taking into consideration the manufacturer, source of distribution, as well as any other individuals or entities that may have potentially contributed to the vehicle condition at issue.

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In some cases, an accident or injury can be attributed to actions of the owner or operator of a motor vehicle, such as over or under tire inflation, improper self-repair of vehicle, or failure to address a known vehicle condition. In other cases, the manufacturer of an automobile can be held liable for placing a dangerous product into the stream of commerce. There are even cases where the negligence, recklessness, or unlawful actions of a repair facility, or the seller of a used vehicle, can result in liability.

Because there are several dynamics that should be investigated following an accident in which a vehicle component is suspected to be a contributing or causal factor, it is important to discuss the incident with an attorney experienced in handling a diverse range of auto collision cases. The professional, dedicated, and aggressive team of injury attorneys at the Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A. have been providing representation to accident victims for several decades. If you or a loved one were involved in a car crash that you suspect may have been related to a vehicle condition or component, contact us today, and allow us to explain your legal rights and options.