When there is a mechanical problem with a vehicle, it could put the driver at risk. If they cannot stop or cannot turn the wheel, then they could lose control and collide with others.
That may be what happened in this case in Macon, where the son of a former Macon police chief crashed on Interstate 75. The man, a Georgia Department of Public Safety officer, was traveling on the highway at around 5:00 p.m., when he suddenly lost control of his vehicle and went off the road.
He hit a guardrail before re-entering the southbound lanes. Unfortunately, a tractor-trailer then hit him.
The man had to be rushed to the hospital for medical treatment, but there was no word on the severity of his condition. However, the news release did indicate that the crash could have been the result of a mechanical failure in the right front wheel.
When a mechanical failure causes a crash, there is a chance that it is going to be the result of a defect or problem with the maintenance of the vehicle. If the vehicle recently had work performed on it, then the mechanic who did the work could be liable for the injuries the person suffered as a result of faulty work or parts. If the problem was part of a recall or was an issue with the design of the vehicle, then the manufacturer could even be held liable for the injuries suffered.
It’s important for drivers to know their rights if their vehicles have defects or issues that lead to crashes. They may have a right to pursue a claim for compensation.