New York Aftermarket Vehicle Accident Lawyer
Most people buy vehicles the way they were made by the manufacturer. They are happy to drive the car as is, without any changes.
However, there are those who aren’t happy with their vehicles. They want to change them. They want to make them bigger, better, and faster. Then there are those who want to modify their vehicles for a valid reason, such as to make them more accessible (for example, for those who are handicapped).
Go online or visit your local auto parts store and you may find many options for modifying your vehicle. These are called aftermarket vehicle modifications and some may be illegal. Different states have different laws outlining what is and what is not legal. For example, modification of a vehicle’s ground clearance through raising or lowering the vehicle’s wheelbase is illegal. So is excessively tinting a vehicle’s windows, removing mufflers, or adding neon lights.
Even when an aftermarket vehicle modification is legal, it can still be dangerous.
A truck defect can lead to a serious or even deadly accident. Seek legal help from the New York aftermarket vehicle accident lawyers from Cohan Law Firm for help getting full and fair compensation.
What Are the Issues Involved?
Any vehicle can undergo a modification, but the most common ones are older cars, recreational vehicles, limousines, and handicapped-accessible vehicles. The problem is that these vehicles may be chopped apart and spliced back together. These vehicles are often heavily dissected, which can lead to issues such as:
- Blind spots
- Changes in tire pressure
- Faulty carbon monoxide detectors
- Faulty electrical wiring
- Inadequate suspension
Also, when a person drives a vehicle that does not have the properly functioning equipment, they can be cited for a mechanical violation. Motor vehicles must have certain equipment and that equipment must function properly. Some examples include:
- Brakes. All vehicles must have an operable braking system.
- Windshields and windows. All glass should be approved safety glass.
- Muffler. The muffler is supposed to muffle the sound of the engine.
- Mirrors. A vehicle should have both a rear view mirror inside the vehicle as well as side mirrors outside on either side of the vehicle.
- Lights. A regular four-wheel passenger car should have turn signals, headlights, and taillights.
- Safety belts. Every vehicle must have seat belts in place and occupants should use them at all times.
- Tires. Last but not least, a vehicle should have the required number of tires and all should be in good working order.
Contact Cohan Law Firm Today
Aftermarket modifications to a vehicle can be a danger to others on the roadway. If the part is not installed correctly or is unsafe, it could cause the car to lose control or collide with others.
Are you a victim? If so, the New York aftermarket vehicle accidents lawyers at Cohan Law Firm can assist you. Schedule a free consultation with our office to learn more. Fill out the online form or call (855) 855-0321.