Greenville Car and Mechanical Defects Attorneys

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If you have been involved in an accident that was the result of a car or mechanical defect, you may be owed compensation for your injuries. When you purchase a car or have repairs performed, you trust that the vehicle will be safe to drive if you operate it correctly. When cars are defective, or repairs are done incorrectly, the results can be devastating, and the vehicle manufacturer, mechanic, or another responsible party must be held liable.

Hammack Law Firm is a small firm that cares about each client’s individual needs. Our attorneys have decades of experience advocating for injured victims. We care about each and every client and want to help you recover the compensation and justice you deserve. Contact Hammack Law Firm today at (864) 326-3333 to schedule a free consultation.

Why You Need a Lawyer

Being injured in a car accident typically affects many aspects of your life. In addition to the pain and suffering from being injured, you may also be faced with financial difficulties, inability to work, and increased stress. Working with a lawyer generally results in higher amounts of compensation and helps the process go smoother and more quickly, so you can move forward with your life as soon as possible.

South Carolina Code of Laws Section 15-38-15 sets forth the law of comparative negligence, which means your compensation will be reduced based on the percentage you are at fault. However, if it is determined that you are more than 50% at fault, you will not be able to recover any compensation at all.

If you have not kept up with proper maintenance on the vehicle, it may appear that the mechanical failure was your fault. When you file a claim against the mechanic or car manufacturer, their team of attorneys will try to show that you were partially or fully at fault for the accident to avoid having to pay you more money.

Knowing who is at fault in this type of accident can be complicated. A competent lawyer will investigate all potentially responsible parties and then advocate for you to receive the full amount of compensation you are owed.

Why Choose Us?

Attorney Paul Hammack has over 19 years of legal experience. He spent the first part of his legal career working at large law firms where he gained experience representing insurance companies. This gives Paul a unique perspective since he understands the great lengths that large companies and their attorneys will go to in order to win cases.

This experience helps Paul develop strategies to help his clients win even the toughest cases. We will use every resource available to conduct a thorough investigation of the accident and gather evidence to strengthen your case and help you secure the full amount of compensation you are owed.

Types of Mechanical Malfunctions

A study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) found that 2% of accidents are caused by a vehicle-related problem. Although mechanical defects are not the most common cause of accidents, no one should have to needlessly suffer because of a mechanic or manufacturer’s negligence. Here are some possible ways that a mechanical defect can lead to an accident and injuries:

  • Tires – In the NHTSA study mentioned above, tire problems were identified as the most common vehicle-related problem to cause accidents. When a tire blows out, the car may jerk to one side, causing the driver to lose control. Drivers can perform regular maintenance to prevent such incidents by keeping tires properly inflated and replacing them as they become worn. However, when defective tires are installed, or tires are not aligned properly, the driver may not be able to prevent a blowout, and the manufacturer or auto mechanic could be held liable if an accident occurs due to their negligence.
  • Brakes – Properly functioning brakes are necessary to stop safely. If the brake lines are faulty, brake fluid can leak out, greatly affecting the brake performance. The Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) is designed to prevent sliding on slippery surfaces such as ice or water, but if it malfunctions, brakes can lock, causing the vehicle to slide out of control. A vehicle with worn brake pads or discs can be dangerous because it will take longer to stop.
  • Steering, Suspension, and Transmission – The steering wheel and steering column allow the driver to control the vehicle, while the transmission affects how the vehicle accelerates. The suspension system connects the wheels to the vehicle. Since these systems are all connected, a problem with any one of them can cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle.
  • Airbags and Seatbelts – Airbags and seatbelts are designed to reduce the risk of injury when a vehicle crashes when they are used correctly by the vehicle occupants. When these devices are faulty, however, they can cause serious harm. One notable example is the recall of over 63 million Takata airbags because they have been known to explode during an accident, injuring and even killing vehicle occupants.
  • Software Problems – In newer cars that are controlled by computers, software problems can cause a variety of problems such as steering, cooling, and electrical problems. It is also possible for a third-party to hack the car’s software and intentionally create software problems.
  • Windshield Wipers and Taillights – Problems with the windshield wipers or taillights can create visibility issues and put you at higher risk for a collision.

It is possible for these problems to occur in the manufacturing process, so the car is defective when you purchase it. These problems can also occur during maintenance or repair when mechanics make careless mistakes or use defective or substandard parts either unknowingly or by choice.

Common Injuries from Mechanical Defects

The types of injuries sustained will vary greatly depending on the speed you were traveling at the time of the accident, the angle of impact, where you were sitting in the car, and what part of the vehicle was defective. Some possible injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Bruising
  • Head injuries
  • Internal organ damage
  • Spine or nerve damage
  • Eye injuries
  • Severe wounds and bleeding
  • Permanent disability

In addition to the physical injuries, being involved in a traumatic accident has been linked to anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other mental health disorders.

Types of Compensation

If it is determined that a defective part or mechanical defect was the cause of the accident, you may be owed compensation for your injuries. Although we can’t guarantee any specific amount, our attorneys can discuss the details of your case and give you an idea of what you may be owed. This could include compensation for:

  • Current and future medical bills
  • Long-term care and rehabilitation
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional trauma
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earning potential
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

If your loved one was killed in an accident that was caused by a mechanical defect, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim to receive compensation for funeral and burial expenses, loss of companionship, and loss of future earnings.

Building Your Case

When you are involved in any type of car accident, it is important to gather evidence as soon as possible. This could include taking pictures at the scene of the crash, gathering contact information for witnesses, writing down as many details as you can remember, and preparing to share medical records. In the case of a defective part, you should share your vehicle repair records and contact information for your mechanic with your attorney.

Avoid sharing details of your accident on social media or giving a recorded statement to the insurance company until after you have spoken with a lawyer. Any information you share can potentially be used against you to show you were partially at fault.

In order to prove that a defective part was the cause of the accident, experts will need to perform a thorough examination of the car. Vehicles are often destroyed, sold, or repaired soon after the accident, making it nearly impossible to gather enough evidence of mechanical failure. It is essential that you contact an attorney as soon as you are involved in an accident so they can gather the evidence needed to secure compensation for your injuries.

Contact a Greenville Car Accident Attorney

When you are injured in an accident that was caused by a mechanical defect, you may feel betrayed and upset. You trusted the manufacturer or mechanic to provide you with reliable and safe transportation, and they failed to do so.

The attorneys at Hammack Law Firm are committed to holding mechanics and manufacturers accountable not only so you receive compensation for your injuries, but also in order to prevent other people from experiencing the same devastating accidents in the future.

Since we are a small firm, we make it a priority to give our clients the attention that larger firms simply cannot provide. Our attorneys will take the time to understand the details of your case and how your injuries impact your life, and then we will work hard to secure the compensation you are owed.

Contact Hammack Law Firm at (864) 326-3333 or start an online chat to schedule a free consultation.

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Testimonials

I am so thankful for Paul and his team! My wife was hit by a car over a year ago while standing watching our kids at a field day. Paul and I discussed the situation and it was clear because of the significant liability on the part of the person driving the car that we needed to pursue an insurance settlement. We made one phone call to the hospital and insurance company and knew we were in over our heads. After that I knew that HLFs expertise was necessary to navigate these waters. They did a terrific job and exactly 7 months after the incident, all was settled. We are extremely satisfied and thankful for their work.
Did I mention Lynn? AMAZING. So refreshing to watch pros navigate what could be a stressful and drawn-out process with elegance and efficiency.
Haro Setian
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Excellent legal service. Got me a very fair settlement from a vehicle accident, kept me fully informed during the process. Well Done!
John Davis
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(Translated by Google) Excellent service in my car accident case. A law firm really reliable and professional staff atendiéndome in my language.(Original) Excelente servicio en mi caso de accidente de auto. Una firma de abogados realmente confiable y con personal profesional atendiéndome en mi idioma.
Fernando Rocha
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Well…I guess in my eyes a Testimony is more valuable than a Review! My wife has been involved with her case with the help of Hammack Law Firm. I was not involved nowhere near as much as my wife but yet I witnessed the struggle. Paul doesn’t make promises and guarantees that he can’t keep but the one promise and the one guarantee is that he will do everything he can to help you and be there for you! The measures of this man is immeasurable because he’s a man of Faith. My wife and I witnessed that first hand. Paul’s staff shows what his expectations are to be which makes them great at what they do! Now some of you may not post such praises and positive vibes but one can only speak from one’s experience and ours was Highly Favored! Stay Focused Paul you and your staff are continued to be destined for Greatness!

Adam Johnson
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I went to 3 other law firms first and they all told me my case was not worth pursuing. I had a serious incident and went through a lot so I decided to try 1 more. They took my case and Paul got me a lot more than I expected! Everyone there is so helpful & friendly. Traci was also amazing! Thank you soooo much for everything.
Bob
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Absolutely a great group of people to work with. I don’t think I could have chosen a better firm to handle my case. Everyone is friendly and informative. If I ever have anymore legal issues I will be going back!
Courtney Brown
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I have been very pleased with the Hammack Law Firm. This firm has been helpful in all ways of settling a dispute. If one ever needs an attorney, Hammack Law Firm is the best ! Everyone that works here is most helpful, courteous and very professional!
Jackie Looper
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My experience with this law firm was wonderful I recommend anyone who is in need of a lawyer to contact this law firm!
Briajah Rodgers
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I have had nothing but great experiences with this company. Mr Hammack,Tracy,and Shelly are very great to work with. They are on top of your case. I have never had to deal with this type of situation so they explained the whole process. Thanks you guys!!!!!
Kristi Mull
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I was bery pleased with paul hammack and his staff.
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We are very pleased with hammack law firm.

Alycia Jones
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Wonderful team, they know how to care care of clients!
Dan Hammack
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Paul and the entire Hammock Law Firm operate with integrity and excellence. The firm provides a client-centered approach to the case at hand, delivering the best achievable results. Highly recommended!
Dr. Cameron Guida
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Hammack Law Firm is absolutely one of the finest, profressional group of people I have ever met. They are compassionate about what they do. Paul is very personable and reaches out to each and everyone of his clients to keep them informed on their case! I give them a five star rating!!
Lauren Marvin
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Paul is a fantastic attorney. He is very easy to talk to, and provides excellent legal service. Highly recommended.
Dan Crotchett
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They were very friendly and nice. They answered all My questions very well. They welcomed my whole family. Did everything that I expected and more.
Kimberly Higgins
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Def! 5 stars recommended to friends and family… They have bilingual staff and 100%/dedicated to your case!!! Staff is amazing!!!
Brenda Monroy
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They were super nice and knew how to help me and were really friendly and helpped my family when we needed it.
Brittany Higgins
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Great group. Very professional atmosphere!
Hardy Auston
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Great experience!
Ben Dixon
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Hammack law firm was so easy to work with.
Denise Tessneer
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Attorney Hammack and his team of professionals are absolutely wonderful. They were informative every step of the way by explaining the personal injury process. They worked tirelessly to ensure that I would be granted the largest settlement possible and I did! They are a great law firm that I will recommend to anyone looking to be treated with dignity and respect. Thanks so much to all of you for the legal service provided to me!
LaConda Moore
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When I had my car accident, my life suddenly and radically changed. Instead of running my company and traveling all over the country to see clients, I found myself in bed for weeks, unable to move, facing multiple surgeries and procedures, and fully at the mercy of family and caretakers. Paul took our case and helped us through the emotional and financial strain of the situation. He helped us get the full insurance settlement quickly and efficiently, which helped get our life back on track.
Beckie R
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My husband and I were represented by Hammack Law Firm in an insurance dispute. Paul helped us get the most out of our case and avoid litigation.
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