A car accident can lead to serious and debilitating injuries that may require long-term treatment. If you were hurt in a motor vehicle collision, you may be unable to work. Even if you have a relatively minor injury that will heal fairly quickly, such as a broken bone, you may be finding it difficult to be stuck at home and unable to earn a living and to do things that you used to enjoy.
If you suffered more serious harm, such as a head injury or whiplash, you may be struggling to cope with chronic pain and limited mobility. Your life may now be filled with a seemingly endless series of appointments with doctors, chiropractors, and physical therapists. You may have already undergone surgery or may have one or more procedures scheduled. Doctors may have warned you that even with the best treatments available, you may never be able to return to the life you knew prior to the accident.
The medical costs, combined with the sudden loss of income, may have your family struggling to make ends meet. If you were living paycheck to paycheck before the accident and did not have a sizable emergency fund, you may be unable to afford basic necessities, such as your mortgage or rent and groceries. You may think that your long-term goals, such as sending your children to college, will never come to fruition.
The stress associated with dramatic life changes and financial uncertainty may be impacting every member of your family. It may be testing your relationship with your spouse and causing your children to worry.
A Delaware car accident lawyer may be able to help. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm represents car accident victims. Contact us at (800)794-0444 to speak to a member of our staff about how we may be able to help you.
How Driver Error Can Lead to a Collision
Most car crashes occur because one or more drivers made an error. A driver may accidentally turn the wrong way down a one-way street or may slam on the brakes to avoid missing a turn. Sometimes a driver gets tired after working a long shift and dozes off behind the wheel. Poor weather, inexperience, or a combination of both can lead to collisions.
In some cases, drivers become complacent and fail to pay attention and to follow laws that are designed to keep people safe. For example, using a cellphone while driving may be very tempting, but it is illegal under Delaware Code Title 21§ 4176C. Those actions and other forms of negligence are responsible for some of the accidents in Delaware each year.
How Mechanical Failure Can Cause a Car Crash
Sometimes an accident occurs because a vehicle part failed to work as it should have. Faulty brakes or a blown tire can cause a driver to lose control. Malfunctioning brake lights can lead to a rear-end collision if the driver behind the vehicle with the defective lights does not realize that the car in front is slowing down or coming to a stop.
In those cases, figuring out who is liable for the accident may be difficult. The driver may be held responsible if they were aware that a part was defective, failed to make repairs, and drove the vehicle knowing that it was unsafe.
If a part failed because of a manufacturing defect, either related to an individual part or to the vehicle as a whole, the manufacturer may be found liable for the accident. If the owner of the vehicle had the part repaired and the mechanic made a mistake that caused the part to fail, the repair shop may be held responsible for the crash. If the mechanic performed the repair correctly, but the part had a manufacturing defect, the company that produced the part may be held liable.
A Delaware Car Accident Lawyer Can Find out Who Was Liable
Several parties could be responsible for the collision, and they may point the finger at each other to try to avoid being held liable for the accident and injuries associated with it. The team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm is up to the challenge of figuring out who was liable.
We can review the accident report and statements from you and eyewitnesses to find out if the other driver’s actions caused the crash. If mechanical failure seems like a possibility, we can review maintenance and repair records to find out if there was a known problem with a part prior to the accident and, if so, how it was addressed. We can find out whether similar part failures have led to crashes involving other vehicles. If that is the case, it may point to a manufacturing defect.
A Delaware Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You Seek Justice
After we have figured out who was liable for the accident, we can file a personal injury lawsuit. We can pursue a settlement that may cover not only the medical bills you have incurred so far but also future costs for medical care related to the accident, lost income, and pain and suffering.
According to Delaware Title 10 § 8119, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit is two years. You will want to give yourself time to investigate the source of the accident, especially if multiple players may have been liable. Contact our office today at (800) 794-0444 so we may get started as soon as possible.