Driver Loses Control
We have all seen or heard of a driver losing control. Normally, this term is used in connection with a vehicle crash. The driver loses control and hits something or someone else. But, what does it really mean to lose control of a vehicle?
What Does It Mean?
When a driver loses control, it means they were unable to safely operate their vehicle. Any number of factors can cause loss of control. Here are common reasons a driver can lose control of their vehicle:
- driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
- distracted driving
- medical emergency event
- speeding/driving too fast for conditions
- aggressive driving
- poor road conditions
- mechanical failure
Many of the reasons a driver loses control of their vehicle qualify as driver error. This means the driver made a mistake, or mistakes, that led to the crash. When this happens, the driver is responsible for the crash.
Though a majority of crashes are caused by negligent drivers, it’s not always the driver’s fault. Roughly 13% of crashes happen because of mechanical errors.
However, mechanical errors can still be the driver’s fault. Failure to routinely inspect and repair a vehicle can lead to mechanical problems. But, there are times when a mechanical error is a problem outside the driver’s control.
Vehicle manufacturers make hundreds of thousands of vehicles each year. It is their duty to provide the safest vehicles possible. When a manufacturing defect causes a mechanical failure, it puts people in danger. If a driver loses control due to a manufacturing defect, any injured people may have a claim against the manufacturer.
Faulty Vehicle Parts
Defective vehicle parts can fail, which can lead to driver control loss. When this happens, the part manufacturer could be liable for any resulting injuries. Defective parts can include internal parts, brakes, suspension, tires, and more. When defective parts or manufacturing defects cause injuries, these claims require a product liability lawyer.
Many drivers don’t have the mechanical knowledge to make repairs to their vehicles. Additionally, many people trust mechanics and repair shops to maintain their vehicles. If a faulty repair causes a driver to lose control, any injured people may have a claim against the repair facility.
Who Pays For Injury Claims?
If you have an injury, you might want to file a claim to pay your medical bills and expenses. But, who pays for an injury claim? Personal injury claims are paid by insurance policies. It could be your insurance or the insurance of other at-fault parties.
If another driver causes a crash, you might have a valid claim against their insurance. Additionally, faulty repairs and manufacturing defects can lead to successful claims against those responsible. Vehicle manufacturers and repair shops carry insurance coverage too.
If you want to file a claim for an injury, the best advice is to talk to a local injury attorney. An experienced attorney will investigate your claim and help you through the process. In most situations, an injury attorney will negotiate a better settlement for your claim.
Lancaster Injury Law Firm
At Haggerty & Silverman, we have been helping people with their injury claims since 1994. Our office is conveniently located in downtown Lancaster. We have our own free and private parking lot. If you can’t come to us, we can come to you.
Free Injury Consultations
If you’ve been injured, call us for a free consultation. We’ll listen to your situation and answer any questions you have. If you have a valid claim, we’ll explain your options. You don’t pay us anything until we recover money for your claim.
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