Car Washes are a mainstay of the California car culture. We want to keep our cars clean and well maintained at all times. Sadly in many instances Car Wash owners fail to maintain a safe hazard free premises leading to serious injuries to customers and car wash workers alike. Some of the most common injuries to take place in carwashes include
- Slip and Fall Injuries
- Broken Wrist
- Broken Tailbone
- Brain Injury and Permanent Brain Damage
- Neck injuries including Whiplash
- Falling Object Injuries
- Chemical and Hazardous waste injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Paraplegia and Quadriplegia
- Fractured Bones
- Facial Lacerations
- Chemical Burns
- Stuck By Moving Vehicles
Automatic Car Wash Hazards: Conveyor Spinning Brushed are the cause of many injuries in car washed across the county. In may instances car was employees are not given the proper instructions and training required to handle such machinery. If workers are injured due to a failure of proper training then car wash owners and managers may be held liable. If you have suffered any of the above injuries in a car wash contact our California Personal Injury Lawyers today for a Free No Cost Evaluation of Your Claim. (855) 339-8879
Automatic Car Wash Accidents Injuries Attorney
Automatic car washes are a great modern-day convenience. An automatic car wash is just a computer that is programmed to push cars along a track, trigger soap, shampoo, rinse water and a blow dryer, wash the vehicle, and gently push it out the other end. If all goes well, you will have a brand spanking new car at the end of your car wash. But if it all goes horribly wrong, you will have issues and problems that can result in personal injuries, as a result of negligent handling and maintenance of the automatic car wash mechanisms.
Defective, Broken and Failure to Repair Car Washes
The mechanics behind an automatic car wash work on two distinct levels. On the one hand there are computer switches that control the speed the car goes through the car wash, push buttons to activate the washing mechanisms, proximity and photoelectric sensors, as well as other float, pressure, water and sensors to tell the car wash auto washer what to do. When these systems are not maintained to perfection, there will be bumps, jerks, cars falling off the track and other issues.
Slip and Fall Accidents
When the cars begin to pile up at the automatic car wash, and drivers are injured, they will need to exit their vehicles to get care for their personal injuries. At that time, a driver may slip and fall getting out of a car that has had an accident at a car wash. The drivers or other people going to the automatic car wash may also slip and fall in the car wash lounge area, if there is water, soap, soap scum or other slippery substances on the floor, or brought into the lounge area on the bottom of the shoes of the workers. This will cause a slipping hazard in this area of the automatic car wash.
Assault on the Property at a Car Wash
If you are using the car cleaning tools, drying towels, vacuums, or car freshener areas as vending machines near a car wash, you can be assaulted. When you get out of your vehicle, especially at night time hours, and you bend over to vacuum out or clean out your car, you are vulnerable to being assaulted. It is easy for someone to stand nearby to a car wash, and just wait for people to get out and start sorting their trash to throw away from their vehicle. In one second, as you start to clean the console or back seat, a perpetrator can easily come up behind you to assault you at a car wash.
Toxic Fumes and Inhalation at a Car Wash
You will always be at risk of breathing in and being exposed to toxic carbon monoxide, also called CO, fumes at a car wash. These poisonous gases are odorless and have no color, and they occur from the incomplete combustion of gas from a vehicle. The fumes of CO from an automatic car wash hold dangerous particulate matter that get trapped in the lungs, to cause injuries and symptoms such as:
- Impaired and blurry vision
- Fatal injuries
- Brain fog
- Blood poison from lack of oxygen
Trip and Falls at the Automatic Car Wash
People are not familiar with walking around an automatic car wash, and can trip and fall on anything on the ground in those environments. It is easy to trip and fall at the automatic car wash over:
- Traffic clearance sign
- Traffic instructional sign
- Metering gate
- Brushes and pieces from brushes that fell off during operations
- Chemicals for undercarriage cleaning
- Foaming tire chemical sprayers
In the case that you have suffered a trip and fall at an automatic car wash, you need to give us a call to talk to a lawyer with a specialty in helping you to manage this case to a full settlement. When you give our office a call, we are able to talk to you about your case, and go over the next steps to your case and determine how to get you the money you deserve for your personal injuries.
Other Car Wash Incidents
There are many different incidents that could occur at car washes and could leave unsuspecting guests seriously injured. These include assault and battery, sexual assaults, robberies gone wrong, pedestrian accidents (getting run over), roof collapses, dog bite incidents, and broken chair incidents, for example. All of these incidents can lead to significant injuries, many of which can be life-threatening.
No matter the type of incident that you or a member of your family suffered, it is important that you have the appropriate representation to take on your case and win the settlement that you are owed. Whether you need to talk to a car wash assault attorney, a car wash sexual assault attorney, a car wash robbery attorney, etc., you can find an experienced lawyer at our law firm. Similarly, if you fell because of a broken chair or a broken bench that you were waiting on, you could benefit from speaking with a car wash broken chair and broken bench attorney. If you were bitten by a dog on the premises, then you would need to discuss your legal options with a car wash dog bite attorney. If the roof collapsed, you would benefit from speaking with an experienced car wash roof collapse attorney. If you were run over while you were walking to or from your car at the car wash, then you would have to speak with a car wash pedestrian accident attorney.
We can understand that it could be very difficult to figure out what to do after an accident. If you find yourself unsure of what you should do next, we recommend that you contact us today to explore your legal options. Our expert legal team will provide you with the guidance that you need to understand your rights and choose the right lawyer to handle your claim. Contact us today for more information.
Car wash Liability for my injuries: Can I Recover for My damages?
Liability in a persona injury claim can be based on two premises.
(1) The courts must establish the car wash owner or manager was negligent. Or (2) Premises liability Claim: where property owners owe a duty to protect visitors from dangerous conduction on their premises.
Negligent Claim: Negligence requires the demonstration of four elements: (1) A Duty of Care is owed to the plaintiff under the circumstances, (2) the responsible party breach their duty of care to the injured party (plaintiff) (3) the defendant was the actual and proximate cause of the plaintiff’s damages and (4) the plaintiff actually suffered some harm (psychological or physical) as a result of the defendants negligence.
Premises Liability Creating a Duty of Care: Invitee: An invitee is owed the highest duty of care. They are any individual who is either expressly or impliedly invited to another person’s premises for their mutual benefit. Licensee: Any individual who enters the premises at the owner or possessors consent for a non business or commercial purpose. The most common example is a social guest. In order to recover as a licensee, a victim must establish (all three):
- The owner or possessor knew or should have known of the dangerous condition, and should have known that it created an unreasonable risk of harm, and likewise should have known that the plaintiff would fail to discover the dangerous condition
- The owner or possessor did not make the condition safe or failed to warn the licensee of the condition
- The licensee did not know of the dangerous condition or the risks involved.
Recovery for your damages in a car wash can include: Every case is different, and the amount of recovery for each case is unique. Compensation for your injuries may include
- Medical costs resulting from hospital and emergency room care, physical therapy, ambulance costs and rehabilitation
- Future medical care
- Loss or income
- Loss of future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional and psychological damages
- Punitive damages where the property owners displayed reckless behavior or gross negligence
- Property damage
- Loss of consortium
Why Choose Downtown LA Law as your Personal Injury Lawyers
If you’ve sustained injuries due to negligent actions of a car wash owner, you must first tend to your wounds and heal your injuries. Seeking vindication of your rights is our job. Our aggressive and tenacious personal injury attorneys will keep on the offensive until they make sure you have been fully compensated for your injuries and vindicated for your loss. We will go to trial and take on drivers that were negligent and their insurance carriers’ so that your rights are protected.
Remember: it is crucial to act quickly after your injury to contact a lawyer that will fight got you. Call us for a free consultation with one of our skilled attorneys concerning any legal course of action for your claim: (855-385-2529) Resources: