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Common mechanical failures that result in car accidents

On Behalf of | Mar 7, 2022 | Auto Accidents

Most car accidents are caused by driver negligence. But, this is not the only reason why car wrecks happen. Some accidents are caused by other factors such as poor road conditions and bad weather.

Still, there are instances when mechanical failures, either due to manufacturer defects or lack of maintenance, can result in a car wreck. Here are mechanical problems that can result in an auto accident:

Faulty brakes

Most car accidents happen when the driver is unable to stop or slow down the vehicle due to brake failure. Basically, brake failures can take any of the following forms:

  • Worn-out break lines
  • Leaks within break lines resulting in fluid drainage
  • Poor brake performance

Thanks to advances in technology, dual brake system has significantly reduced the risk of failure. However, if the anti-lock system fails, the car is likely to hydroplane especially on a slippery road to result in an accident.

Tire blowouts

An improperly maintained tire is likely to blow out on the road. If this happens, both your car as well as the surrounding vehicles may suffer serious damages. A worn-out tire also makes it quite difficult for the driver to control their vehicle. The result, the vehicle is likely to roll over, swerve into oncoming traffic or veer off the road. Common causes of tire-related accidents may include:

  • Use of unsuitable tires on the vehicle
  • Poorly repaired punctures
  • Retread failure

If you can prove that tire failure was occasioned by someone else’s fault, like the manufacturer or the mechanic who fixed your car, then you may pursue a personal injury claim against the responsible party.

Faulty head and taillights

More accidents happen at night than during the day thanks to poor visibility when every driver must depend on their vehicle’s lighting system to visualize their surroundings. If the car has broken lights, then they may experience difficulty seeing the road. Other motorists may not spot them either. This increases the risk of collisions.

Car accidents are caused by a wide range of factors. If you are involved in a car accident that is not your fault, find out how you can pursue restitution for your damages.