Mechanical Failures That Cause Car Accidents and Injuries
Car crashes and collisions happen for a variety of reasons, many of which have nothing to do with the other drivers involved. Road, traffic, weather conditions and the reckless behavior of other drivers all can conspire together, resulting in car accidents and injuries that can be severe and even life threatening. You may not be able to control these factors, but there are steps you can take to increase you safety and the safety of your passengers while on the road. Mechanical failures are a very real danger out on the road, and knowing how you can properly maintain your vehicle is important information every driver should be aware of.
Car Accidents Caused By Mechanical Failure
According to the latest data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), mechanical failure plays a significant role in the number of car accidents and injuries. In surveys of more than two million serious car accidents that occurred over a two-year period, maintenance issues that could have been avoided were responsible in over 40,000 cases. The most common types of mechanical issues listed as a critical cause in car accidents and injuries include the following:
- Tire problems, including blowouts and skidding due to worn tread
- Brake issues, such as slow brake time and brake failure
- Steering issues, such as pulling or loss of power steering
- Transmission and engine issues, including slow acceleration and breakdowns
- Suspension problems, such as vibrating and shaking which causes drivers to lose control of the vehicle
Car Maintenance to Help Prevent Accidents
In addition to helping avoid accidents, maintaining your vehicle properly can help save you money and the stress of being stranded. While having your vehicle regularly checked by your mechanic is always a good idea, there are simple car maintenance steps you can take yourself to help ensure your safety before heading out on the road. Be sure to read your car’s owner’s manual to become familiar with your vehicle, and keep it in a handy place like your glovebox for quick reference. Make a habit of getting regular tune ups and oil changes, while regularly checking the following:
- Tires: Check the air pressure regularly, and make sure your tires are filled to the required level. Inspect for signs of worn or uneven tread and bulging
- Brakes: Check your brake fluid, and pay attention to any squeaking or grinding you hear
- Steering: Check your steering fluid levels, and have your car checked if you notice any tightness or pulling
- Transmission and Engine: Check these fluid levels regularly, and alert your mechanic to any changes in power or rough shifting
- Suspension: Visually inspect your suspension, and have your shock absorbers or strut replaced if worn or damaged
Additional maintenance includes: check that your head, tail, brake lights, hazard lights and indicators are all working properly, replace your windshield wipers regularly, and make sure to add window washer fluid to increase your visibility.
Get Help From a Car Accident Attorney
If you or someone you care about is injured in a car accident, contact Anastopoulo Law Firm right away. Our experienced South Carolina car accident attorneys can assist you in getting compensation for the injuries you’ve suffered, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.