Of the over five million auto accidents that occur across the nation every year, most happen because of things like distracted driving, drunk driving, and speeding. However, it’s important to be aware of other causes that can lead to serious injury and damage to property. Specifically, equipment failure often causes devastating accidents.
Want to be prepared and possibly prevent an accident caused by equipment failure? Take a look at these three ways that equipment failure can lead to a car accident.
If you’re going to get behind the wheel of a car, it helps to know that you’re going to be able to stop. Having brakes that function properly is essential when you travel even short distances. We’re not just talking about total brake failure either—accidents often happen because of worn brake lines, damaged brake pads, and malfunctioning anti-lock braking systems, too. You can prevent accidents from brake failure by checking your brakes regularly with routine maintenance and servicing them promptly when they are worn or damaged.
Poor visibility on the road sometimes leads to severe car wrecks. When you drive in the dark, you need to be sure that your headlights and taillights are functioning properly. Even if your headlights are working, if they aren’t adjusted to the proper height, you could be putting yourself and others in danger.
Worn Out Windshield Wipers
We all know that inclement weather can cause auto accidents. But if you have worn out windshield wipers, it doesn’t take much rain to affect how well you can see. If you notice that your windshield wipers don’t clear rain from certain sections of your windshield, you need to get them replaced as soon as possible. Otherwise, you could end up running into another driver, or worse, a pedestrian.
Tire blowouts are one of the most common types of equipment failure for automobiles, and they often result in an accident. You can prevent tire blowouts from happening by ensuring that they are inflated to the proper pressure, avoiding potholes, and rotating them during regular maintenance.
However, sometimes no amount of preventative measures can save you from experiencing a blowout. Sometimes, you just have a defective tire. When this happens, it’s often because of a manufacturing fault or because you were sold tires that were older than you were told. Fortunately, you can recoup your losses when you’re not at fault for equipment failure.
Seek help getting compensation for equipment failure
When you are not responsible for the equipment failure that caused your car crash, you can fight to hold someone else accountable for your injuries or property damage. First, make sure that the tire that failed and your vehicle are preserved so they can serve as evidence. Then, get in touch with Pacin Levine Attorneys at Law. We’ll help you build your case so that you can get the compensation you deserve. Set up a consultation with us today to see if your case is worth pursuing.