What is a car mechanic’s liability for a faultyand dangerous repair?

UPDATED: Jan 11, 2012

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What is a car mechanic’s liability for a faultyand dangerous repair?

I hit a deer in my truck. My insurance person checked the damaged and decided my truck was repairable. I told her it was leaking brake fluid and that a brake line must of got broke. The wreck was on the 24th of last month. This month, on the 9th, the repair shop called and said my truck was all done. I went to pick it up and then about wrecked it driving home. The breaks went to the floor when I went to park. I checked the brake fluid and it was low. I added more and then saw a puddle forming under my truck. My daughter and myself could of been hurt because of their neglect can I do anything?

Asked on January 11, 2012 under Accident Law, Indiana


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Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Although the auto mechanic did a poor repair job for you on your vehicle post accident, you did not suffer any legal damages after the fact in terms of dollars and cents in that as a result of the leaking brake line you did not damage the vehicle, anyone or anyone's property. As a result you do not have any legal damages under the laws of your state.

However, the auto mechanic should repair the broken brake line gratis after you speak with the mechanic who did the work on your vehicle and his or her immediate supervisor about the shoddy work done for you.

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