The list of potential causes of automobile accidents is practically limitless. Sometimes the cause of an accident is something that is out of your control. If this is the case, it is possible that you may not be the liable party for the accident.
Accidents are sometimes caused by defective or failed car parts, such as inoperable brake lights or signal lights. If your brake lights fail to light up when you slow down or stop, or your signal lights do not blink to communicate your change in direction, other drivers will not be forewarned. This is especially dangerous at night, when visibility is limited. This failure could cause another driver to act too late, resulting in a serious accident.
You should have each of your car safety lamps checked each year during your car inspection. Car inspectors are responsible for catching any inoperable lamps and will require you to replace them as necessary. However, between inspection periods a blinker or brake light may burn out. This could be caused by a part defect, an old lamp, or improper installation. To avoid an accident caused by burned out lamps, try checking your lights at least once a month to be sure they work.
If you have been in an accident caused by inoperable lamps, it may not be your fault. It is possible that one of the following parties is liable for the burned out lamp:
A personal injury attorney can help you identify the responsible party in your accident case and can hold them legally accountable in a court of law.
If you have been involved in an accident resulting from failed car safety lights, you may be entitled to compensation for injuries and damages. For assistance with your case, contact the Waukesha personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874.