Automobile Accidents Caused by Mechanical Failure

Everyday, thousands of automobile accidents occur in the United States.

Approximately seventy-five percent of them are caused by negligent or impaired drivers, but at times, a vehicle’s mechanical failure is to blame.

The most common types of mechanical failures include:

Worn Tires

Tires provide the traction necessary to keep vehicles on the road. When the tread becomes worn or the tires lack adequate inflation, they lose their ability to properly hold the road. This is especially true when surfaces are wet or snow covered.

Windshield Wipers

Over time, windshield wipers wear out or the motor that controls them does. When either of these situations arise, drivers can quickly lose visibility during a rain or snowstorm. If traffic is heavy or moving at a high speed, the risk of causing an accident is quite high.

Faulty Steering Systems

If a vehicle’s steering system fails, the driver no longer has control. This can lead to a catastrophic accident, which is why it is important to keep up with regular maintenance. Such a failure can happen due to regular wear and tear of the steering components or leakage of the power steering fluid.

Faulty Brakes

Faulty brakes are one of the most common and most serious types of mechanical failures. A car accident can result when anti-lock brake systems fail or brake fluid lines leak. These accidents can also happen when worn down brake pads weren’t replaced in time.

Faulty Lights

Many automobile accidents happen at night simply because of the reduced visibility. If a vehicle has dim or broken brake lights, headlights, or tail lights, it can make it difficult for the driver to see and for other motorists to see him.

If you have sustained injuries in an accident, please contact us to discuss your case.


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