Accidents Caused by Mechanical Failures
More often than not, car accidents happen because of a driver’s negligence. Yet, there are times when the driver of the vehicle isn’t to blame. In certain cases, a mechanical failure in the vehicle can be responsible.
Mechanical Failure Accidents in Connecticut
Connecticut experienced 253 fatal crashes in 2015, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. And while only a small percentage of those were a result of mechanical failure, the cause of these collisions is no less important.
If you’ve recently been involved in a wreck and you suspect mechanical failure played a key role, an attorney can help you move forward. Contact The Flood Law Firm today by calling (860) 346-2695 for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. With decades of combined legal experience, our attorneys have the skills and experience needed to be your advocates.
Accidents Due to Mechanical Failure
Vehicle recalls are common. In fact, in February 2017, Maserati announced a recall of 40,000 vehicles with Honda recalling another 772,000 vehicles in the US due to some air bags ejecting metal shrapnel. When a car isn’t functioning properly, an accident becomes more likely.
Both mechanical failures and manufacturing or design defects (computer, software or other technology errors in newer models) can increase the likelihood of an accident. Depending on how fast the car was traveling, location and the malfunction that caused the crash, the damages can range from costly medical expenses to property damage, and even death.
Common Types of Mechanical Failures
When your car fails to perform as it should, it could be due to a mechanical failure. It’s imperative to note that most (if not all) mechanical errors can be caught in time, fixed and even prevented with simple maintenance checks and tune-ups. Routine maintenance like oil changes and tire rotations should not be put off.
These common mechanical failures can prevent a collision when detected early on:
Depending on how many miles you have on your car or how aggressively you use your brakes, it may be time to replace your brake pads. It’s usually easy to determine when your brake pads need replacing, as screeching and scraping sounds will become noticeable. Other signs include a “sinking” pedal, a soft/spongy pedal and the pulling of your car when the brakes are tapped.
Your brakes should always be in good working condition; you never know when you will need to react quickly to another driver’s actions, such as “slamming” on your brakes to avoid hitting a vehicle that unexpectedly pulled out in front of you.
Tire And Wheel Issues
How often do you check the air pressure in your tires? Or, when was the last time you replaced your tires? It’s recommended you replace your tires at least every six years, though some maintenance is still required during that time.
Curbs, potholes and changes in weather can all wear your tires down and cause them crack and bubble. When tires get to this stage, driving on them can be dangerous. You can avoid a wreck by ensuring your tires are properly inflated, consistently rotated and free of leaks and tears.
Steering Wheel Issues
If your steering wheel begins vibrating or locks up while you are driving, there’s a problem. When a steering wheel isn’t functioning properly, it can cause the car to veer to one side of the road, much like bad brakes can.
Steering systems and suspensions usually falter without warning and can cause a major accident. It’s best to maintain your vehicle and have the equipment and components regularly tested by a professional mechanic.
In Connecticut, there are times when drivers have no choice but to travel in poor weather conditions. This includes heavy rain and snow, which will always necessitate windshield wipers. If your wipers malfunction, your visibility could be affected, obstructing your view of the road and your surroundings.
Your wiper blades should be changed every six months. Signs your windshield wipers are worn out including streaking, slow movements and missed areas or rain or snow.
Broken Headlights & Taillights
Once evening falls, drivers rely on headlights and taillights to see the road and other drivers. If these lights are broken or dimmed, it can be difficult to know what’s around you.
Checking to make sure that all lights are in a good working condition only takes a few moments and should be done each week. Light bulbs often need replacing, and doing so is simple and usually inexpensive.
Have you been in an accident in which the other driver’s vehicle was experiencing mechanical failure? Contact The Flood Law Firm today by calling (860) 346-2695. We will help you assess your best options.
Liability for Mechanical Failures
Following a car accident due to a mechanical defect or failure, filing a liability claim can be difficult since several factors must be considered.
When The Manufacturer Is Liable
If the wreck was the result of a manufacturing or design defect – the top reason for vehicle recalls – you may need to file a product liability claim.
When The Owner is Liable
However, if you were aware of the problem and failed to address it, you may be held liable for negligence. If a driver ignores a product recall announcement and continues to operate the recalled vehicle, recovering compensation after a resulting crash can become extremely difficult.
If the Mechanic Fails To Fix An Error
If the owner of a vehicle suspects an issue and takes his car to a mechanic and the mechanic fails to fix the error, the mechanic or auto repair shop can be held responsible if a collision happens. In this case, the wreck may have occurred due to overlooked repairs or incorrect repairs.
If The Owner Is Aware But Fails To Fix The Issue
Lastly, if a car isn’t functioning properly and the driver is aware but refuses to get the car fixed,he or she can be held liable for the crash, and all injuries and damages as a result.
Even the smallest of details can shift the blame. If you are unsure about the details surrounding a recent collision you’ve been in, it’s best to contact an attorney to assist you.
Contact a Car Accident Attorney
Car accidents are inconvenient, expensive and often life changing. At The Flood Law Firm, we want to help you move past this experience as quickly and easily as possible. From making phone calls to collecting medical records, we will handle all aspects of your case, allowing you to focus on what’s important: your healing.
Contact us today by calling (860) 346-2695 for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. We will be your advocates, and help determine your best course of action based on your individual needs.