I was recently involved in a car accident. Unfortunately, since it was my first accident, I was scatter-brained and anxious. What I did not realize at the time was that the actions you take immediately after the accident can affect a personal injury case and the outcome of that case. I wanted to find a way to share my experiences and mistakes with other. Since the Internet is so popular, I figured this would be a great way to do so. While you likely aren't planning on being in an accident soon, if you are, hopefully you remember some of the tips I share on this website.
More and more vehicles are being recalled for a variety of reasons, from defective parts to mechanical errors. In many cases, these cars that are in need of recalls are involved in accidents before they can be services. Here are some ways you can prevent an accident in a recalled vehicle:
Don't wait for a recall to come out. As a responsible car owner, you need to take the initiative to check for recalls on your vehicle on a regular basis. Just like you check your smoke detectors in your home at least twice a year, consider doing the same for all the cars in your household.
It takes a short time to run your vehicle identification number to see whether or not there is anything on the car that needs to be checked out. If you are purchasing a pre-owned vehicle, be sure you check it for recalls in the same way.
Stay In The Know
If you are not one to schedule regular recall checks, take some other measures to make sure your car is in safe condition. To stay on top of what is going on with your car, make sure you are connected with the company who manufactures your car.
Sign up for the manufacturers email newsletter if they have one, as those will most certainly contain recall information. Connect with them on social media as well, as any recall announcements are sure to be posted there. Also, pay attention to the news regularly, as safety recalls are widely reported on, especially if it could cause an accident.
What To Do If Your Are In A Recall-Related Car Accident
If you are one of the unlucky ones to get into an accident during a recall, there are several things you need to do. After you have received medical attention, you need to contact the manufacturer to let them know what has happened.
This is also the time to seek the advice of a car accident lawyer. If you caused damage to someone else due to a recall on your car, you need to try to divert the damages to the manufacturer of your vehicle. Your attorney will do the work required to prove that a malfunction in your car is to blame rather than something you did.
Dealing with recalls can be inconvenient, but you need to handle them as soon as possible. Not doing so could cause a serious accident. If the manufacture can prove that you neglected to service your car during a recall, you could be on the hook for any and all expenses that relate to it.