The engine fell out

How long can a car be off the lot before you lose the right to blame the seller or the car company?

This is a bit of an urgent question because I’ve got a bit of a problem: the engine fell out of my car last night. Well, not the engine, not the whole engine. I don’t know cars, really, but something fell out on the highway and the car started chugging, and it hasn’t wanted to start ever since.

Right now, the car has about 8,000 miles on it. I bought it when it had less than 2,000 at a car lot, which was only two months ago. I know, 6,000 miles is a lot to put on a car in two months, but I needed the car at that moment to go on a groovy little trip around the country. I only just got back, and now the car’s kaput just when I need it for work, so I can pay for that massive trip I took.

A little more background: I did get the oil changed once already, and I was assured everything in the car was new when I bought it.

The thing is, though, now I’ve had it two months and been out of state, I don’t know if I can demand my money back or demand someone fix it. I’ve checked to see if my kind of car has any recall notices, but no such luck as yet. I was hoping I’d find something about engines falling out late at night when I went searching, but all I found was issues with the clutch if your car happens to have a clutch, which mine doesn’t.

Oh well.

So far, I’ve discovered that I can get money back for mechanical defects, which is good news, because I’m pretty sure that’s what I’ve got, but bad news because I don’t know exactly how to prove the mechanical defect wasn’t my fault.

I’m going in circles here, but that’s only because I’m pretty upset, and I’m dog tired after being up all night. I ended up having to get my car towed, and instead of towing it to a repair shop, I towed it back to my apartment, which means I’ve got to get it towed again. The whole thing stinks, and I’m beginning to think, even as I write this article, that I don’t have much hope of getting compensated for all this.

I should have known the price was too good to be true when I bought it. A car with only 2,000 miles and I got it for less than ten grand. I wish I could just shrug my shoulders and say I’ve learned my lesson and I’ll do better next time, but I really don’t know how I’ll commute to work now. And if I can’t get to work, I can’t pay on the car, or pay rent, or pay for food. It’s a mess. My whole life is a mess now.

Bummer does not begin to describe it.

Rollover Accidents: Who Exactly are At Fault?

According to the US Department of Transportation, 2014 was, thus far, the safest year for car (or passenger vehicle) occupants. This pronouncement is based on reports gathered by the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a division of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Based on FARS’ 2014 report, only 21,022 car passengers died in the overall count of fatal motor vehicle crashes (motor vehicle refers to cars, minivans, large passenger vans, pickup trucks and SUVs) as against the 21,361 in 2013, the 21,906 in 2012, and the 21,413 in 2011 (from 2010 down to 1986, death rate due to car accidents ranged from 22,351 to 34,105).

But rather than be relieved by the thought that strict implementation of road safety rules may finally be paying off, the NHTSA was alarmed anew after the first quarter of 2015 due to an 8.1 percent increase in the number of motor vehicle crashes compared to the first quarter of 2014.

This increase in the rate of fatal car accidents has caused the NHTSA to launch a chain of safety initiatives, such as improving safety through technology innovations and a renewed effort to fight the major causes of car accidents, which include drowsy driving, distracted driving, speeding, and failure to use a car’s safety features, like seat belts and child seats. Besides drivers and other road users (other motorists, cyclists and pedestrians), the NHTSA has also made the responsibility of promoting and ensuring road safety a task of federal, State and local governments, vehicle manufacturers, law enforcers and safety advocates.

The most serious car accident injuries often result from head-on collisions and rollover accidents (with the speed of the vehicles involved in the accident greatly affecting the severity of the injury). A rollover accident, specifically, refers to a vehicle tipping over onto its side or roof. According to the Department of Transportation, this extremely violent type of accident happens more than 280,000 times every year, claiming more than 10,000 lives.

Any type of motor vehicle can rollover; however, the types of vehicles more prone to rolling over are pickup trucks, vans and SUVs which are taller and narrower compared to cars. These vehicles have a higher center of gravity, making these more top-heavy; thus, any sideway force, which is usually developed whenever these vehicles round a curve or during side impact accidents, the center of gravity shifts to one side (of the vehicle), dramatically affecting its balance. Besides making too sharp a turn and side impacts, rollovers may also happen when a vehicle trips on something, like road shoulder or a pothole.

As explained on the website of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, a rollover accident is basically due to a vehicle’s defective design, namely, its high center of gravity. But since there are situations wherein rollover accidents occur due to another person’s fault, like another driver hitting a vehicle on its side or road engineers failing to repair reported defects on roads, liability towards the injured innocent victim may not just be cast on the vehicle manufacturer, but also on other persons who may have contributed to the accident.

Causes of Tread Separation in Tires

Tread separation can happen suddenly and cause crashes that hurt all involved. Typically the issue will develop undetected over time until the tire is no longer able to stay together and separation occurs. Some Iowa personal injury lawyers state that there are four main causes of tire separation to be aware of: careless driving, excessive wear, poor flat repair, and defects.

Driving carelessly can cause much more than just tire separation. As for separation, potholes are what you need to watch out for. Your car is able to absorb the shock from smaller holes as moderate speeds, and bigger holes at slower speeds. If you hit a hole going too fast, separation, and a blowout, can occur.

Tires are meant to last for a certain number of miles when taken care of properly. Driving on the same tires for more than they are meant to handle can increase your risk for separation. Over inflating your tires can increase your risk as well, by reducing the tires’ ability to absorb shock and collecting wear much more quickly than normal.

Sometimes when you get a flat it is possible to have the tire patched and plugged to avoid having to purchase a new one. If the puncture is not prepared properly before the plug is inserted, the tip of the plug can be forced between two layers of the tire, forming a small bubble of separation. This bubble expands across the whole tire until it separates or is replaced.

Manufacturer defects are small in number but account for many of the separation accidents that occur. Tires are made up of multiple layers of rubber, fabric, and metal wires. If the manufacturer has a poor design, or if chemicals are not used properly, these layers will not be able to bond together and separation will be more likely to occur.

Personal Injury: The Difference Between Accidents and Decisions

Accidents mean that it was unavoidable, that it was a matter of circumstance. It is like trying to avoid a tidal wave or a hurricane. There is no avoiding nature. There is, however, avoiding negligence – which quite a lot of people fail to do. This decision to be negligent or reckless can often cause a lot of heartache and hurt for other people as negligent actions are quite avoidable. When these decisions end up having severe consequences there is cause to file a personal injury claim in order to hold the guilty party responsible for his or her negligence.

One such example negligent decisions that often result into personal injury is that of car accidents. Just about everyone in America requires vehicular transport to get anywhere – to go grocery shopping, to school, to work, to visit their grandparents, et cetera. That is why there are so many restrictions and safety precautions that people are so often reminded of and prompted to obey. However, an there are simply some people with a blatant disregard for the safety of others. When their decisions cause extremely damaging consequences, they ought to be responsible for compensation for all the damages done to the victim.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a car accident, it is advisable that you contact an attorney immediately. There is a limited time frame that you can work with because a case like this requires substantial and timely evidence, as well as an aggressive legal team that will be with you every step of the way. The legal team you get must also have sufficient knowledge of the medical procedures and lost wages that require financial recompense in order for you to receive a sum that will allow for your recovery from the offending party’s negligence decision as smooth as possible.