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Test-Drive Car Accident

Test-Drive Car Accident Attorneys in Buffalo, New York

With Over Twenty Years of Experience, Jed Dietrich, Esq. Is Determined to Represent Individuals Who Have Been Injured in Test-Drive Car Accidents in Buffalo, New York.


Man testing car Whether you are buying a car for the first time or just in the market for something new, test-driving is an important step in the buying process. Before purchasing or leasing a car, you want to be certain that the vehicle suits your needs, particularly when purchasing a used car, as it is important to learn how it handles and whether or not it is in working order. As on any occasion when you hit the road, there is potential that an accident might occur. In the event of an accident while test-driving a car, the following sections list a few useful things to know.

Over the past twenty years, the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. has successfully represented countless clients in serious personal injury cases in the Buffalo, New York area. Most recently, a $1,186,620 settlement for a couple injured in a rear-end collision. Our top priority is ensuring that you receive the best possible outcome for your personal injury case. Call us now at (716) 839-3939 or visit us online to receive your free consultation. You will not be charged a fee until we secure a win for you!

Why Should You Test-Drive a Car?

A motor vehicle is an expensive investment. As such, it is prudent to test-drive a car before making a purchase in order to determine whether or not the car is the right fit for you. When test-driving a car at a dealership, all that is required is a valid driver’s license. In some instances, proof that you carry automobile insurance is required as well, but that depends entirely on the dealership. Some dealerships are comfortable allowing you to test-drive a car alone, but others require that the salesperson accompanies you during your drive, and there are pros and cons to both situations. Driving a car alone allows you to relax and grow comfortable, which you might not be able to do when another person is present. On the other hand, having the salesperson present means they are readily available to answer your questions and point out details about the vehicle’s operation.

Additionally, there are several things you should consider before buying a car. Whether used or new, some important questions to ask are:

  1. What is the vehicle’s history report? A vehicle history report will provide you with information regarding a car’s mileage, accident history, and current owner. These can typically be found on websites such as Carfax.
  2. How does the car feel? Intuitive questions such as how the car handles when you drive it, whether you find the interior comfortable, and is there enough space to suit your needs are important considerations when it comes to test-driving a car. You want to be certain before committing to a purchase that the vehicle is right for you.
  3. Does everything work? Run a system check by testing all of the doors, windows, and lights to ensure they function as they should. It is also prudent in the case of a used car to have it examined by a trusted mechanic to ensure that everything is in working order.

Jed Dietrich, Esq., recognized as a New York Super Lawyer, is well acquainted with the often-calamitous effects of personal injury. He has represented countless clients over the years, attaining over $175,000,000 in successful wins for his personal injury clients. If you believe that you or a loved one have been injured in a test-drive car accident in Buffalo, New York, do not hesitate to reach out to the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. at (716) 839-3939 or by filling out the online consultation form.

In the Event of a Test-Drive Car Accident

Car crash The circumstances leading up to a motor vehicle accident are diverse. Factors such as weather, visibility, road conditions, and even the attention of a driver can increase the likelihood that an accident will occur. In a single recent year, the top causes of motor vehicle fatalities were listed as driving at excessive speeds, driving under the influence, and negligent driving, among others.

When it comes to test-driving a car, one of the factors not in your favor is your unfamiliarity with the vehicle. A test car might be longer or wider than your usual vehicle, the brakes might require more or less pressure, and acceleration will be different, as will the way a car handles turns. Any of these factors might lead to an accident. The best way to avoid an accident is to find a safe, out-of-the-way location to become familiar with the car before taking it on roads with other drivers. Even if you are exercising the best care and attention while test-driving a vehicle, there is no way to account for the behavior of other drivers. An accident while test-driving a car might be caused by the negligence of another driver.

In the event that you are involved in an accident while test-driving a car, you will need to determine who is at fault in the situation. Fault refers to a failure ‘to perform an action that one is legally obligated to do.’ It implies that one party was negligent in the duty they owed to another party. In this instance, it would be the duty of one driver to exercise careful driving to ensure the safety of others using the road. Determining who is at fault will decide who is responsible for covering the cost of the damages done to the vehicles or parties involved.

Most auto dealerships insure the cars on their lots. As such, in the event of a test-drive accident, the dealership’s insurance policy will pay for the damages. The same is true in the event of buying a used car from a private seller. The insurance policy of that seller will be liable for paying for damages in the event of an accident. However, if your negligence caused the accident, there is always a possibility that an insurance company might insist that your insurance company pay for the damages. It is always prudent before test-driving a car to ensure that you, the dealership, or the private seller has insurance coverage in the event of a test-driving accident.

DID YOU, OR A LOVED ONE, SUFFER INJURIES FROM A CAR ACCIDENT IN BUFFALO, NEW YORK?

CALL JED DIETRICH, ESQ. AND HIS TEAM OF HIGHLY QUALIFIED BUFFALO, NEW YORK PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS AT (716) 839-3939 NOW TO OBTAIN THE HELP THAT YOU NEED!

At the Dietrich Law Firm P.C., our team of experienced Buffalo, New York car accident injury attorneys is more than capable of assisting you every step of the way. Allow us to represent you in your case – you do not have to fight alone. Call today at (716) 839-3939 or visit us online to begin the process.


Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. immediately at (716) 839-3939 so that our aggressive, tenacious and hardworking personal injury lawyers can fight to obtain the best result for your personal injury claim in Buffalo, New York. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and there is never a fee until we WIN for you!

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