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Ohio Auto Repair Negligence Attorney 

According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death in the nation. Thousands of fatalities occur each year on American roadways, alongside countless other serious, debilitating injuries. One common cause of accidents may be auto repair negligence, an overlooked issue around the country. 

The health and economic impact is massive. In any given year, the cost of medical care and productivity losses associated with injuries from motor vehicle crashes exceeds $80 billion.

Many of these catastrophic accidents occur as a result of vehicle repair negligence, within auto repair shops or car dealerships. Too often, defective vehicle conditions go unidentified or uncorrected. Professional mechanics also regularly perform the wrong service.

They also install parts incorrectly or fail to warn customers of potential issues that place the car owner, passengers and other drivers at an increased risk for injury and death.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, auto repair fraud consistently ranks among the top consumer complaints. Although most auto repair shops are competent, some operators are irresponsible. Auto repair shops perform unsatisfactory work that endangers the lives of everyone on the road.

Auto Dealership Negligence Lawsuits

These are very difficult cases, in order to trace the origin of damages, but it can be done. The Lyon Firm is available to investigate cases involving automotive dealership negligence. We take cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that if we’re not successful in your case, we won’t charge you for our time or for the resources advanced.

Negligent Auto Repair Responsible for Accidents

Every year, thousands of people are killed in motor vehicle accidents in Ohio. It is estimated that about 10 percent of road accidents are caused by mechanical issues, many of them preventable.

Auto repair negligence plays a huge part in auto safety. According to a report released by the U.S. Department of Transportation, tire/wheel and braking system failures were the most frequent critical reasons for a mechanical-related accident. Some other common mechanical causes of road accidents include the following:

•    Defective Tire Treads
•    Bad brakes
•    Defrosting problems
•    Windshield wiper malfunction
•    Severe rust
•    Loose lug nuts
•    Wheel bearing failure
•    Worn ball joints
•    Worn steering tie rods
•    Transmission issues
•    Engine failure

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated and experienced  product liability lawyer with success in negligent auto repair and negligent dealership claims. 

auto repair negligence

The Lyon Firm works with accident reconstruction experts, biomechanical engineers, mechanics, and forensic engineers to investigate and determine the root cause of vehicle accidents.

Types of Auto Repair Negligence

An automotive service business or car dealership may be liable for faulty repairs or maintenance. Such negligence results in accidents, and causes damage and injuries. Common types of defective mechanical work may include:

•    Forgetting to reattach auto components
•    Failing to sufficiently repair broken or worn parts
•    Installing the wrong replacement part
•    Failing to notice major problems (suspension damage, tire tread wear)
•    Causing damage while performing repair work (to brakes or air bags)
•    Failing to remove potentially dangerous debris or foreign objects

Auto Repair Negligence Injury

According to the CDC, each year emergency departments treat more than 2 million drivers and passengers from motor vehicle related injuries. Many of these terrible accidents are preventable, largely through competent auto repair and vigilance. Some common injuries from road accidents include:

•    Neck & Spinal Injury
•    Brain Injury
•    Orthopedic Trauma
•    Traumatic Eye Injuries
•    Whiplash Injuries

Auto Repair Negligence Lawsuits

Vehicle accidents can result from multiple contributing factors. It is well known that distracted driving, intoxication, speeding, fatigue and defective auto products may cause a vehicle accident. Less recognized are accidents that result from vehicle repair negligence. Body shops and negligent car dealerships are often able to diagnose and correct a defective issue before an accident occurs.

Where a defective vehicle condition is not identified or corrected; where the mechanic fails to warn the customer; where the mechanic performs the wrong service; or where the mechanic installs a part incorrectly, the driver, passengers and other members of the traveling public are placed at an increased risk for injury and death.


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Joseph Lyon has 17 years of experience representing individuals in complex litigation matters. He has represented individuals in every state against many of the largest companies in the world.

The Firm focuses on single-event civil cases and class actions involving corporate neglect & fraud, toxic exposure, product defects & recalls, medical malpractice, and invasion of privacy.


The Firm offers contingency fees, advancing all costs of the litigation, and accepting the full financial risk, allowing our clients full access to the legal system while reducing the financial stress while they focus on their healthcare and financial needs.

Questions: Negligent Auto Repair Lawsuits

Can I sue a car dealership?

Any kind of negligence by a mechanic at a body shop or car dealership that causes injury or harm can lead to filing a personal injury lawsuit. The amount a plaintiff is entitled to depends on several factors, particularly how egregious the act and how serious the injury.


Did Negligent Auto Repair Cause my Accident?

Auto repair negligence has been known to cause accidents in tire failure, braking malfunction and sudden acceleration cases.

How can I prove body shop negligence?

If your car or truck has been damaged by a mechanic, and the negligence leads to an auto accident, contact an attorney to investigate the matter. The Lyon Firm has the resources to thoroughly review your case. 

What are some common Auto Repair Mistakes?

Reports from car and truck owners have included auto repair negligence that involved faulty brakes, underinflated tires, throttle issues, improper auto assembly, software malfunctions, electronic issues, improperly installed hitch, and other safety feature failures. 

Negligent Auto Repair Settlements

Following Auto Accidents, The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against negligent individuals, body shops and auto dealerships to obtain just compensation under the law. 

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Negligent Auto Repair Settlement

Failure to Diagnose Defective Suspension: Quadriplegia and Wrongful Death. 

(Youngstown, Ohio)

Confidential Settlement provided for more comprehensive medical care, end stage care, and emotional closure for surviving spouse of thirty years.

Extensive litigation demonstrated that the auto dealership had failed to diagnose and repair a defective right-rear trailing arm despite evidence of damage. Notably, the new car was unable to be properly aligned and the alignment test showed the right rear tire was out of specification.

Despite the test results and customer complaints, the auto dealership maintained the car was safe to drive and did not require additional work. However, the auto dealer never warned the driver of the issue.

It was then proven that the damage to the trailing arm was a significant contributing factor is causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle in a one-car accident. Following discovery and mediation, the case was resolved for a confidential seven figure amount.

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Negligent RV Dealership Settlement

Improper pairing of tow equipment & tow vehicle

(Troy, Ohio)

Confidential settlement on behalf of a widow who lost her husband in a rollover accident case. The couple had recently purchased a large towing camper from a reputable RV Dealership.  

A few days after the purchase, the couple returned to have the appropriate hitch sized and placed on the towing vehicle, which was a Ford Explorer Sport. The serviceman at the auto dealer recommended and placed the hitch on the towing vehicle, but unknown to the couple, the hitch and the tow vehicle were not properly rated for the weight of the camper. 

The couple left the following day on a road trip that was to take them around the Midwest to a variety of camping locations. Unfortunately, they never got more than an hour from home. As a result of the excessive weight, the camper swayed and caused a rollover accident that resulted in terminal injuries for our client’s husband.  It took expert evaluation to learn the terrible mistake that was made.