Akron, OH asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Pennsylvania

Q: Would it be considered negligent for a vehicle inspector to not catch worn break lines and nonfunctional emergency brake

I had my vehicle inspected and days later my brakes gave out and the emergency brakes did not work either. This resulted in my spouse crashing the vehicle and sustaining some serious injuries.

3 Lawyer Answers
Mark Scoblionko
Mark Scoblionko
Answered
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Allentown, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: It very well could be. However, you would need an independent expert to offer an opinion that these conditions existed at the time of the inspection, were within the scope of work undertaken by the initial inspector, and ought to have been discovered.

Tim Akpinar agrees with this answer

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Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
Answered
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Little Neck, NY

A: I hope your spouse is okay. I agree with Mr. Scoblionko. Also, the insurance carrier would probably be interested in conducting a thorough investigation of the accident and inspection of the vehicle in light of the fact that two systems failed here. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
Answered
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Wyomissing, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: Assuming you took it to a regular mechanic and he billed you for inspection and you have that bill, you have a claim.

However if you have collision, run the car damage through that. Your insurance pays for your wife's treatment--and she should tell the doctor about each and every propblem because unlike regular insurance the medical on your car covers eye issues, hearing issues.

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