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How to Get Compensation for Your Injuries from a Used Car Accident

Not everyone has the luxury of buying a new vehicle, so used cars offer a great alternative for people looking for a way to navigate the road. Regardless of whether the vehicle you purchase is new or used, if it was sold to you in good faith that it was a vehicle in good condition, you shouldn’t have to deal with used car malfunctions that can cause an accident. 

If you were injured in a used car accident, you may be eligible for compensation for the damages caused to both you and your vehicle in the accident. And, the expert team of car accident attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers are here to help you every step of the way. 

Here’s Who Could Be Liable for Your Injuries After a Used Car Accident

In the case of a California car accident, many parties, including the used car seller, could be responsible for causing your accident. Whether or not you can hold a party liable depends on their role of wreckless or negligent behavior that caused the accident. 

California is a fault state, meaning that someone must be held liable for an accident. California is also a comparative liablity state, meaning that more than one party can be held liable for causing an accident. 

Here’s who may be held liable for causing the accident that resulted in your subsequent injuries: 

  • You, the driver, can be liable for you own damages and injuries if you are found at fault for causing the accident. If you are found partially at fault for causing the accident, this means that the other parties involved will also only be held partially responsible for covering the costs related to your damages. 
  • Another driver, can be held liable for the accident if their wreckless of negligent behavior, such as speeding, distracted driving, or diving under the influence played a role in causing the accident. 
  • The city or municipality can be held liable for causing the damages to you and your used car if city infrastructure they are responsible for maintaining, such as potholes, broken lights, and missing signs, played a part in causing your accident. 
  • The used car seller can also be held liable for causing the damages you experienced from the crash - but there are some more details surrounding this topic that we will explore further in the next session. 

These are the different parties that can be held liable to compensate you for the damages to you and your vehicle you experienced as a result of the accident. Again, more than one party can be held liable, depending on the level of recklessness or negligence they contributed to causing the accident. 

Can You Sue a Used Car Seller if You Were Injured in an Accident?

You could buy a used car from a private seller or from a used car dealer. What sets the two apart is that used car sellers are experts at protecting themselves from liability, while private sellers typically are not. 

When you buy a used car, you are buying it in the faith that the vehicle is in good condition. The seller might assure you that it’s in fantastic condition verbally - but then when it comes to a sale, they might hit you with a contract that states that you understand that you are buying the vehicle as is, among other terms and conditions.

This might make the case more difficult, depending on what you agreed to when signing the contract, but an experienced used car accident attorney can help you mitigate that. 

Whether of not you can sue a used car seller if you were injured in an accident depends on a couple of different factors, such as: 

  • the type of seller, whether or not they were a private seller or a used car dealer.

    If you bought the vehicle from a private seller, meaning any person selling a car on the side of the road or on an online platform, you could hold them responsible for the accident if they sold the car to you under good faith.

    It’s important to have evidence that proves that the seller told you the car was in good condition and wasn’t faulty. 

  • the conditions under which the car accident happened, whether the accident occured because some type of part malfunction occurred. 

    This is the most crucial part of proving liability for causing the accident. If a part malfunction caused your accident, and the seller told you that the vehile was in good condition, this is a solid grounds for your case. 

  • If you can prove causality, meaning that you can prove that it was the fault of the seller for causing you a vehicle with faulty parts that caused your accident, this is the mosdt valuable component of your evidence. 

    You must prove that the accident happened after the dealer sold you a vehicle with faulty parts, and that you didn’t cause the damage to the parts yourself by driving. 

    One of the most effective ways to show causality is the time frame between when you bought the vehicle from the seller and when the accident happened. If you car breaks down in the middle of the road right after driving away in the vehicle after you purchased it, this could be solid grounds for your case. 

    These are the different factors you must prove in your case to hold a used car seller liable for the damages and injuries caused to you in an accident. 

West Coast Trial Lawyers is Here to Help

If you were injured in a used car accident, you may be entitled to compensation. The expert teams of car accident attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers are here to offer you a free consultation to help you determine whether or not you have a personal injury case on your hands. 

We work on a contingency-fee basis, meaning that you won’t owe us a penny until we successfully settle or win your case! Contact us 24/7 for by calling (213) 927 - 3700 or by emailing [email protected]


If you have been injured in an accident, you can count on the legal team at West Coast Trial Lawyers to fight for your rights every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation with a personal injury attorney.
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