While most automobile accidents are solely the result of driver error, mechanical failure can play a part. If a vehicle is not functioning properly, proper driving habits might not be enough to compensate under certain conditions or scenarios. There are a number of reasons you might find your vehicle having a mechanical failure on the road. Here are a few of the most common sources for such failure.
- Lack of proper routine maintenance by the owner
- Old car with old parts that fail
- Mechanic or service tech error
- Car owner error in a DIY fix
Keeping up with routine maintenance is the easiest way to keep your vehicle running smoothly. Failure to do so will not only result in additional maintenance expenses, but can also be a contributing factor in a dangerous on-road mechanical failure. If you’ve been injured as the result of an automobile accident where mechanical failure was involved, you may be entitled to compensation. Call our experienced injury law team at 1-800-753-5203 to discuss your case and schedule a free consultation.
Most Common Mechanical Failures
- Brake Failure – Worn brakes must be replaced as part of your routine maintenance. Unlike many mechanical failures stemming from poor maintenance, this one will always catch up to you on the road. Your brakes may work for casual driving, but if they aren’t going to hold up to a quick stop when that driver swerves in front of you, they need to be replaced.
- Tire Failure – Worn tires can also be a tremendous hazard on the road. Your vehicle requires proper traction to navigate the roads, particularly when there is rain or snow involved. In the summer, worn tires can easily blow out, potentially resulting in a wreck. All of these dangers can be easily avoided by simply replacing your vehicle’s tires when they become worn.
- Steering System Failure – Unlike tires and brakes, the steering system of a vehicle is a rather complicated combination of multiple parts and linkages, any of which can fail at any given moment due to natural wear. Routine maintenance will not account for such wear, making preventative measures difficult.
- Visibility Failure – Anything that affects the driver’s ability to see and navigate the road poses immediate danger. Dim or broken headlights, faulty windshield wipers, or a quick-fogging windshield can compromise the driver’s ability to safely navigate the road. Car owners should immediately fix damaged vehicle lights, replace wipers when needed, and understand how to keep their windshields from fogging before getting on the road.
If You’ve Been Injured
If a mechanical failure in your car or another’s vehicle has left you with a serious injury, you may be eligible to receive compensation. In addition to the parties involved in the collision, there may be 3rd parties liable for the damages you’ve sustained, such as a manufacturer or mechanic.
Why Abrahamson & Uiterwyk
If you’ve been injured our experienced Tampa injury lawyers may be able to help. Abrahamson & Uiterwyk offers a 100% FREE consultation to help you determine the best next steps for your unique situation If legal action is required, we provide all our services on a contingency basis, so you don’t pay fees or costs unless we win your case. Call 1-800-753-5203 right now to get started down the path to recovery.