AUTOMOBILE MECHANICAL FAILURES THAT CAN CAUSE ACCIDENTS AND INJURIES
Posted on Friday, June 30th, 2017 at 1:26 am
Takata had to initiate a massive recall, the largest in American history, because of injuries and deaths caused by its defective airbags. The company has now been forced to file bankruptcy because of the costs of the recall. Takata agreed to a $1 billion settlement before the bankruptcy filing.
This is just one example of how a defective automobile part can cause great harm and injury to drivers and others. While many car accidents are the result of driver error, mechanical failure causes some crashes. Below are five common parts on a vehicle that can cause an accident because of a mechanical failure.
Your tires play a vital role in the safety of your automobile. If your tires do not safely grip the road, you do not have the stability, braking, and control you need to avoid a collision. Defective tires can also lead to rollover accidents. You should check your tire pressure regularly to ensure the tires are inflated to the manufacturer’s specifications, especially before and after long road trips. You should also check the tread on your tires regularly for signs of wear and tear. Immediately replace tires that are worn.
The brake system is another vital mechanical system that must be operating at top performance to avoid traffic accidents. If your brakes are worn or defective, you may not be able to stop in time to avoid a crash. Brakes do not have to be defective to fail. Without proper maintenance, your brakes can wear down from daily use causing brake pads to crack or other mechanical parts to fail. Never ignore a brake warning light and have your brakes routinely checked and replaced.
Your steering system is another crucial component that you must have to control your vehicle and protect you from accidents. The steering system has many parts that must work together to allow you to maintain control of the vehicle. Just one part of the system failing can result in a terrible accident. If your vehicle pulls to one side, vibrates, or makes any odd sounds while driving, you should have your steering checked to ensure you do not have a problem.
Many drivers never pay attention to the lights until a police officer stops them for a burnt-out light. You must have working lights to provide visibility and to warn other drivers when you are stopping or turning. Check all the lights on your vehicle regularly and immediately replace or repair as necessary.
- Windshield Wipers
Windshield wipers are another necessary vehicle part that you need to provide visibility. Your wipers do wear out and need to be replaced. However, also pay attention to any sounds you hear when using the wipers. Odd noises may indicate a problem with the motor that could cause the wipers to fail at any time.
Product Liability Claims for Mechanical Failure
Before you can file a claim for a car accident caused by mechanical failure, we must rule out that the failure was a true defect and not caused by a lack of maintenance. Therefore, it is in your best interest for your safety and any future claims to perform routine maintenance on all vehicle systems to ensure they are operating at peak performance.
However, if you suspect a defective auto part caused your crash, don’t wait to contact an attorney. You need to act now to make sure you do not run out of time to file a product liability claim for your car accident.
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