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If you’ve been in an automotive collision and you believe it may have been caused by faulty repairs or negligent work on your car, you may be wondering what legal options are available to you. You may also be wondering “Can you sue a mechanic for not fixing your car?” The short answer is “Yes, you can.” Suing a mechanic for mechanic malpractice or mechanic negligence that may have resulted in an accident or injury is within the rights of the driver.
Any time you have work done on your vehicle, you should first make sure that the mechanic or autobody shop you selected is certified. There are several ways you can check this, including their physical certificate, which should be displayed in their office. If it’s not readily visible, you may ask to see it. The Bureau of Automotive Repair has additional information and resources on the topic, such as the ability to look up your automotive shop’s license, as well as a tool to help you find a licensed auto shop near you. If your mechanic is not licensed and you didn’t do your due diligence to check, it is possible that you could lose leverage in a case against them.
How do I file a claim against a mechanic?
After an accident, you should start by contacting an experienced lawyer to make sure you have a case. Even before that, however, it’s important to make sure that you’re prepared in the event an accident does occur. Make sure you keep detailed records of your automotive repairs. Any time you have your vehicle serviced or have any repairs done, be sure to save the documents and receipts you have so that you have a record of what work was done and who was responsible for the repairs, as well as proof that you paid for the service.
While it might seem unnecessary or overwhelming to maintain such records, it’s far easier to be prepared in the event of such an incident, as opposed to retroactively collecting the evidence you need. Take advantage of modern digital solutions such as cloud storage apps to keep digital copies or photographs of your automotive repair or service records, and keep these organised using a system that is easily accessible in the future.
If you’d prefer, you may instead choose to store physical receipts and records in a small filing cabinet. Maintaining an organized collection of important purchases and services received can help protect you and your family from any further fallout as a result of mechanic malpractice.
What is mechanic negligence?
Mechanics have a legal responsibility to maintain public safety. If they repair your brakes incorrectly, that places not only you and your family at risk, but also everyone else on the road. The receipts you keep are the proof you need to hold mechanics accountable, especially when you’re putting your trust in them to keep your vehicle safe.
Despite taking precautions, accidents can still happen, and there are important steps you should take next. If, for example, you recently had your brakes serviced and you were in an accident due to faulty brakes, be sure to report this to the police when you report your accident so that they have a record of it.
As always, it’s important to make such a report as soon as possible after an accident so that you can accurately recall the details of the incident. Having records of any service work or repairs that have been done to your vehicle will also be invaluable, and you will be glad that you can easily find them when you have to file your claim.
Where can I find the best auto repair negligence attorney near me?
If you’ve been in accident and you believe that mechanic negligence may have been to blame, contacting an experienced personal injury firm like Avrek Law is the best way to recover compensation for your case. Our personal injury consultations are free, and you’ll receive expert advice from a law firm that has recovered over $1 billion in more than 10,000 personal injury cases across the states of California, Arizona, and Nevada. Contact us today – we want to hear more about your case!