Can I Sue a Mechanic for Shoddy Repairs That Caused My Accident?

AUTHOR: A.J. Bruning | June 23, 2015
Can I Sue a Mechanic for Shoddy Repairs That Caused My Accident?

When you take your car to a mechanic for necessary repairs, you should be able to trust that the mechanic has the proper training and knowledge to accurately diagnose the issue and completely repair the vehicle. Mechanical repairs should always be performed correctly because of the potential for malfunctions that lead to serious accidents and injuries should the job be done poorly. Even the most adept mechanics can have a bad day on the job, however, if a mechanic fails to properly repair a vehicle and that failure leads to an accident, the mechanic should be held liable for his negligence.1

Common Types of Negligence Among Car Mechanics

Mechanics and repair shops can be negligent in many different ways that can lead to collisions and injuries. Only some examples include:

  • Allowing unqualified individuals work on your car.
  • Not properly training mechanic staff.
  • Ordering and installing the wrong part for the car.
  • Damaging other parts of the engine around the area in which they are working.
  • Not completing the necessary repairs.
  • Leaving tools, old parts, scraps, old and dirty fluids, and other objects in the car.
  • Modifying car parts in a way that is against the law.

All of these can potentially lead to car accidents. For example, if your mechanic did not correctly replace your brake pads, your brakes may fail while you are driving and you may collide with the vehicle in front of you.

In such situations, the other driver may try to blame you for the accident when it was, in fact, the fault of your mechanic. You need an attorney on your side who knows how to complete a thorough investigation to prove not only that the brakes failed and caused the collision, but that your mechanic should have fully and correctly repaired your brakes.

Contact an Experienced St. Louis Car Accident Attorney for a Free Consultation

Defective mechanic work cases can be complicated, so you always want a skilled auto collision lawyer from The Bruning Law Firm handling your case. Call our office for a free case evaluation at 314-529-0756 today.



A.J. Bruning


I was born and raised to represent individuals who have been needlessly injured. I mean that literally. At a young age my father would tell me about the clients he was representing. I would meet them and take pride in their admiration of my father. I always knew I wanted to be a lawyer and represent clients that needed my help.

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