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Don't sign over your totaled vehicle until its inspected properly

There are a lot of unexpected jobs you need to fulfill after a serious car accident. One of them is usually taking care of your damaged or destroyed vehicle. In cases where the vehicle can't be safely repaired, your insurance company will likely declare the vehicle is "totaled," which means totally destroyed. If the insurance adjuster decides that your vehicle is totaled, the company will typically have you sign a form and release the vehicle to them for disposal. Before you do that, however, you should speak with an experienced Texas personal injury attorney to explore potential causes for your crash.

When components or systems in a vehicle fail, that failure can have catastrophic results. You may believe that you are totally or partially responsible for an accident that actually resulted from a problem in your vehicle. Law enforcement and insurance companies may also jump to the same conclusion, which can be a very expensive mistake for you, the driver. Once your vehicle gets taken away for scrap, destruction, or parts, it's impossible to determine if a manufacturing issue may have contributed to the accident. An attorney can help you connect with professionals who will explore reasons for the crash.

Vehicle makers can make mistakes that cause crashes

The last few years have seen a massive number of automotive recalls. Sometimes, these issues are minor, like heated seats malfunctioning. Other times, the safety issues can be very serious. Most recently, Hyundai is recalling more than 600,000 vehicles due to safety concerns. Vehicles across several models and years, including the popular Genesis, Sonata, Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport have been recalled for repairs. These models could have two different issues that could cause accidents. The first is that the hood latch may be faulty, causing the hood of the vehicle to open while you are driving it. That could block your line of sight and lead to a dangerous crash. There could also be issues with the emergency brake light.

When vehicle manufacturers cut corners to reduce production costs, the end results are often serious safety issues. Without a proper inspection of your vehicle, its internal computer and online records for the make and model, you may not realize that the fault for the accident lies with the vehicle's maker, not with you, the driver.

An attorney can help you explore all the options in a car crash

Motor vehicle crashes are often complex in terms of liability. Your attorney can help you by reviewing the details of your situation and ensuring that you've explored all your options. If the vehicle you were driving is a model that has had component issues included in a recall, the manufacturer may be responsible for some or all of your injuries and damages. Don't sign anything from your insurance company or turn your vehicle over without first speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney.

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