Car owners should be aware of mechanical problems that can lead to a car crash.
A car accident can be devastating, causing immense physical and financial hardship for everyone involved. There are various reasons why car accidents occur, including mechanical failures. Car owners should be aware of mechanical problems that can lead to a car crash.
A vehicle’s braking system is critical to its safe operation. When there is a brake failure due to lack of maintenance, serious accidents can result. The inability of a driver to stop the vehicle can lead to multiple collisions and severe and even fatal injuries. Regular car maintenance, especially before a long trip, is important to ensure safety. Defects in the braking system include:
- leaky brake fluid lines
- worn out brake pads
- malfunctioning anti-lock brake system
Tires provide the needed traction necessary to keep a car on the road. Keep your tires in good condition. Proper maintenance is even more important when driving in snowy, icy, or wet weather. (Learn more – Loss of Control While Driving – Ways You Can Avoid It) Any kind of tire problem can cause an accident, including:
- tire blow-outs
- inadequate inflation
- worn out threads
Headlights and tail lights play an important role both for the driver and other drivers on the road. Headlights maintain visibility, when driving in the dark or in bad weather. If the headlights are dim or burn out, an accident may occur. Tail lights allow other vehicles to see your vehicle from behind, and if they are not working, a rear-end car accident is possible. In addition to headlights and tail lights, blinkers signal to other drivers your intention to turn. If the blinkers are not functioning, you may end up in an accident.
It is common to neglect a car’s windshield wipers because they are not used all the time. However, when it is raining, the quality of your wipers could have a direct impact on your accident risk. Over time, wipers become worn or the motor controlling them can go bad.
When the steering system of a car fails, the driver can no longer control the vehicle. If this happens while driving, severe accidents can occur. Regular wear and tear can cause the steering components of the car to fail. Leakage of power steering fluid could also cause the system to go bad.
St. Louis Auto Wreck Lawyers
If you have been injured in an accident caused by another driver’s failure to maintain their vehicle, you may have a claim. Contact a St. Louis automobile crash lawyer to learn more about your rights. Call The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. at (314) 361-4242 for a free consultation.