Car accidents can occur at any time, on any roadway, given any series of unfortunate events. However, many of these accidents are easily preventable, especially ones which are the result of defective vehicle parts. Defective vehicle parts, such as brakes, are something that may be known to the driver, or may be a surprise when the accident occurs. Regardless of the reasoning, a driver is responsible for the maintenance of their vehicle, including any mechanical failure that results in a terrible car accident. If you or a loved one have been injured as the result of another driver’s mechanical failure, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries.
Texas Car Accident Statistics
Texas car accidents have a wide range of causes, although the highest number of car accidents are largely due to distracted driving, speeding, and driving under the influence. However, many other car accidents are related to car maintenance and subsequent mechanical failure. While Texas requires residents to maintain annual vehicle registrations which cannot be administered without proper car maintenance, many individuals continue to drive on Texas roadways with cars that should not be drivable. In 2014, approximately 4,000 car accidents occurred throughout the state which were the result of some defect within the vehicle, resulting in nearly 100 fatalities and hundreds of injuries. Vehicle maintenance is mandatory within the state of Texas, and many of these accidents could have been easily prevented with the assistance of the vehicle owner.
Mechanical Failure Recovery
As the victim of a car accident caused by mechanical failure, you should consult with a personal injury attorney soon after the accident to ensure the appropriate research has been done into the vehicle defects of the responsible party. Many of the facts immediately following the accident can easily become lost in the months following an accident, and it is therefore important to begin fact-checking and document gathering as soon as possible.
It is equally important that you refrain from speaking to the responsible party’s insurance agent after the accident, or at least refrain from accepting a settlement offer. The insurance company will want to settle with any victims of the accident as soon as possible, in order to limit the potential settlement. While the insurance company will often be prepared to offer you a seemingly large settlement that will be payable right away, victims are often entitled to receive larger settlements that will cover medical expenses, rehabilitation expenses, lost wages, and future earnings. Many of these expenses cannot be easily calculated in the days following an accident, but instead require the assistance of an attorney who has spent years working on similar accidents.
Malley Law Firm | Houston Car Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident due to a mechanical failure, do not hesitate to contact the Malley Law Firm. Tony Malley has years of experience in handling claims stemming from car accidents. As the victim of a car accident, you should not be forced to cover the costs of your injuries. Contact our Beaumont or Houston offices today for your initial free consultation.