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When Can You Sue A Mechanic For An Accident?


Let’s be honest, most of us don’t know how to repair our own vehicles. We know to pay attention when the “check engine” light comes on and to get the oil changed regularly, but once we hand over the keys to the mechanics, most of us are in the dark about what is happening under the hood and back in the garage. It’s not possible to be an expert in everything, so we place a great deal of trust in experts to do their jobs correctly and well. When we pay a mechanic, we trust that they will exercise a reasonable amount of care in performing repairs on our vehicle. However, that is not always the case. If a mechanic negligently serviced or repaired your car and their errors resulted in an accident or serious injury, you do have legal options available to you. You can hold negligent mechanics accountable for the harm that they have caused by bringing a personal injury lawsuit. These cases can be fairly complex and difficult to prove, so if you believe bad mechanical work was a factor in your collision, it’s important to contact an attorney as soon as possible. If you would like to talk one-on-one to an experienced Gwinnett County personal injury lawyer, you are welcome to contact Hawkins Spizman Trial Lawyers and schedule a free consultation.

When is a Mechanical Error Negligence?

Not all errors made by mechanics amount to negligence. In order to constitute negligence, the mechanical work must be below expected industry standards. If the mechanic puts the customer in danger with their actions, it is likely negligence. Whether a repair is negligent may become a matter for the judge or jury to decide if you go to court. Any evidence that you have to support your claim will go a long way in helping you succeed in court. Your attorney may also have subject matter experts, such as expert mechanics, come in to testify as to the quality of the repair and whether it meets industry standards or is unprofessional. Your lawyer may also recommend a forensic mechanic review the crash and vehicle information to help make that connection clear to the jurors.

Suing for Bad Mechanical Work

Lawsuits for bad mechanical work can be difficult, as there are a number of hurdles to overcome. The most challenging aspect of these lawsuits generally is establishing the causal link between the mechanic’s work and the harm suffered. In order to bring a successful claim for bad mechanical work, you must be able to show that the mechanic breached their duty of care by acting negligently in repairing your vehicle. Additionally, you must be able to show that the negligent act of the mechanic was the proximate cause of your harm. You must also be able to quantify your harm financially by asserting damages.

Talk to an Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer

Mechanics might cut a corner to make a buck and end up costing someone their life. If you believe bad mechanical work caused your Atlanta, Dunwoody, Alpharetta, Cobb County, Fulton County, Gwinnett County, Johns Creek, Sandy Springs, or greater Georgia area vehicle accident, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Hawkins Spizman Trial Lawyers today and schedule a free consultation.

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