This Guy Can't Get a Brake

Date: October 5, 2009
Posted In: DLP Law

Don noticed that the brakes on his car were really beginning to squeak loudly when he applied them. Don decided to take the car in to the “Get Rich Quick” Brake Shop owned by his buddy, Eddie.

The car was in the shop for 2 days when Eddie assured Don that the brakes were as good as new. Don drove the car off the lot and was heading back to his home in Hamlin. He came to a light and started to apply the brakes, but the car did not react at all, causing Don to crash in to Mrs. Penny and her brand new 2010 Buick.

Mrs. Penny suffered injuries and her car was damaged extensively. She filed a lawsuit against Don.

Issue: Does Don have any redress against his friend, Eddie, and the “Get Rich Quick” Brake Shop?

Answer: Yes. Don will be able to join in the lawsuit which was filed against him Eddie, individually, and his repair shop, as what we call additional defendants. Don will allege and, in all likelihood, succeed in proving that there was no negligence on his part but, rather, the accident was caused solely by the negligent repair job done by Eddie.

As a result of all this, it will be Eddie\’s insurance company that will have to pay for the damages to Mrs. Penny.

Disclaimer: The above article is for instructive purposes only and each case is fact sensitive. Consultation with an attorney should be obtained instead of reliance upon the legal issues discussed in this column.

Joe Price
Attorney Joe Price is a seasoned Trial Lawyer serving Northeast, Central and Southeast Pennsylvania for the past forty (40) years. He has handled serious personal injury cases in courts throughout the Federal system including New Jersey and New York. Attorney Price is A.V. Rated by Martindale Hubble. He is Board Certified in Civil Practice by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 1996.