Car, truck and motorcycle accidents happen so frequently in Florida that there’s an assumption that one of the drivers involved must have caused the accident. Maybe a truck driver fell asleep at the wheel and barreled into a car in front of it, or maybe a motorcyclist was under the influence of alcohol when colliding with a car. While there typically is a logical explanation for the cause of a motor vehicle accident, there are instances where mechanical failure is the cause.
To understand what a mechanical defect is, the most common, basic example is when a motor vehicle’s brakes quit working. A driver is pushing the brakes, yet the car or truck simply will not stop. Another common example is when a steering mechanism fails. Your steering completely locks up and you cannot avoid hitting the vehicle in front of you.
If you have been involved in an accident and you suspect mechanical failure was the cause, then ask yourself these four questions below, as they will point you in the right direction to understanding the cause of your accident. Answering these questions will allow you to eliminate other, traditional causes of automobile accidents. However, you should always seek the advice of a Miami Car Accident Attorney to assist you with answering these questions.
Question 1 – Were you driving the speed limit?
It is very important to determine what the conditions were right before the crash. If you were driving no faster than the speed limit, this will help to eliminate possible liability on your part. If you believe mechanical failure of your brakes, steering or tires caused your accident, you can at least ensure that traveling above the speed limit will not be considered a cause of the accident.
Question 2 – What were the weather conditions like at the time of the crash?
Weather conditions are often a large contributing factor in automobile accidents, whether the accident involves a car, truck, motorcycle or other motor vehicle. Determine whether it was raining, whether or not there were high winds, and what time of day or night it was at the time of the accident. These are very important questions to answer because, like addressing the speed limit, addressing the weather will help you eliminate some common causes of automobile accidents.
Question 3 – What do you think mechanically failed in your automobile?
Be sure you can explain thoroughly what you believe caused your accident. This includes whether or not your brakes were functioning prior to the accident. If you were not able to stop because your brakes would not work, then this could be considered mechanical failure. Further, if your tire blew out without warning, and you know that your tires appeared to be in good condition before the accident, then perhaps the tire failed, causing the accident. Or, if you were trying to change lanes and your steering locked up, causing you to hit another vehicle, this may be a plausible cause of the accident.
Question 4 – Were there any other factors right before the accident that could be held against you when determining fault?
Consider the questions below when determining if there could be any other potential cause of your accident.
• Were you talking on your phone or texting?
• Were you under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident?
• Did you have a valid driver’s license at the time of the accident?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it does not necessarily mean there was not mechanical failure of your vehicle. It just means that these factors will be taken into consideration when determining who was at fault for your accident.
You need to speak with a Miami Mechanical Failure Accident Attorney as soon as possible to help you answer the four key questions above. You deserve compensation for injuries you have suffered as a result of an accident that was not your fault. If you believe your car malfunctioned, causing you to collide with another vehicle, an attorney can help you recover what you are entitled to.
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