Car Inspection Laws in New York

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Car Inspection Laws in New York

Car Inspection Laws in New York

Car inspection laws in New York are very unique. Our New York car accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC’s know that not all states have such rigorous standards for vehicle safety. We are fortunate to live in a place that takes the safety of the roads seriously.

Sadly, New York roads are still a very dangerous place. Every year approximately 1000 New Yorkers are killed in traffic accidents. Some drivers skip their vehicle safety inspections, or even continue driving after failing their inspection.

If you’ve been injured in a car or pedestrian accident, the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC will examine whether the other driver missed or failed a safety inspection. Contact us today in New York City, NY, call (212) 564-2800 for a free consultation with a member of our legal team.

How the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC Can Help After a Car Accident

Car inspection laws exist for a reason: to keep our roads safe. If someone violates the inspection laws and causes your car accident, they may be responsible for your damages.

Our New York City personal injury lawyers can help you recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. This is what the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel has been doing for over two decades. Our attorneys have been recognized as Top 100 trial attorneys, thanks to the millions of dollars they’ve recovered on behalf of injured clients.

After your accident in New York City, New York, our attorneys will:

  • Conduct an investigation into your accident
  • Obtain the inspection history for the at-fault driver’s vehicle
  • Calculate the extent of your damages
  • Negotiate with the insurers and defense attorneys
  • Take your case to trial if necessary.

Don’t go it alone after a car accident. Contact our New York City personal injury attorneys for the representation you deserve. 

What are the Car Inspection Laws in New York?

New York car inspection laws require every car registered in the state to be in a safe operating condition. 

Under these laws, car safety inspections are required:

  • Every 12 months
  • Whenever ownership of the car is transferred

Not every mechanic can perform the inspection. Only DMV licensed inspection stations can provide this service.

 Without a current safety inspection, the following penalties may apply:

  • You can’t renew vehicle registration
  • You can be ticketed and fined

Car owners are also required to pass an emissions test. The emissions test and safety inspection both serve public health and safety. Emissions testing keeps pollution down and helps the public breathe easy. Safety inspections make sure vehicles protect their driver and others on the road. 

What Do New York Car Inspections Check For?

New York car safety inspections are incredibly thorough. The DMV provides a detailed list of the equipment the inspector must check. 

Some of the items required to pass the inspection include: 

  • Seat belts
  • Brakes
  • Steering system
  • Suspension
  • Vehicle frame
  • Tires
  • Lights
  • Windshield
  • Mirrors
  • Horn
  • Leaks

If a car fails any part of the safety inspection or emissions test, they must repair the part at issue. The car must be repaired and pass an inspection before registration is lawfully renewed.

Can I Bring a Negligence Suit if Someone Failed a Car Inspection and Caused My Car Accident?

If someone violated the car inspection laws in New York and you got hurt, you could have a negligence suit. Drivers have a duty to others to obey traffic laws and drive safely.

If the other driver failed or skipped a safety inspection, our lawyers would argue that driving an unsafe vehicle was not reasonably cautious. 

There are a total of four elements for a negligence suit:

  • The defendant owed you a duty to exercise reasonable caution
  • The defendant breached their duty
  • Their breach caused your accident
  • You suffered damages

When someone skips a safety inspection or drives a car after failing a safety inspection, they have violated a safety statute. Because safety statutes exist to protect the public from danger, violating them is considered inherently unreasonable. 

Therefore, violating a safety statute can be considered “negligence per se.” Negligence per se can make recovery easier for the plaintiff. 

Can I Bring a Product Liability Lawsuit Against A Car Manufacturer?

Product liability suits are similar to negligence suits, but there are some key differences. Instead of suing the driver that hurt you, you would sue the manufacturer of the car or defective part for selling an unsafe “product.”

In product liability suits, you generally need to prove a product was defective and caused you injury. If you can satisfy your burden of proof, you can hold the manufacturer strictly liable for your damages. That means you don’t have to prove negligence.

There are three types of defects under product liability:

  • Manufacturing Defect
  • Design Defect
  • Marketing/Warning Defect

Car inspections in New York are exhaustive, but they might not reveal a defective product. If you were injured due to a defective car part, such as bad brakes or a faulty engine, you could pursue the manufacturer for your damages. 

If someone missed a car inspection and you got hurt, don’t let them take advantage of you. Contact the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC today to discuss your rights.  

Contact Our New York City Car Accident Lawyers Today

Car inspection laws in New York exist to keep us all safe. If you were in a car accident or injured as a pedestrian, and you believe the other driver may have skipped or failed a safety inspection, contact us today for a free consultation about your case. Our New York City car accident lawyers are standing by.