Car owners fail to keep up with their vehicle maintenance for a variety of reasons. Some are trying to save money while others endlessly procrastinate because they lack the time. Some people completely lack motivation unless a breakdown prevents the use of their car. Such negligent motorists endanger both themselves and the driving public. If you or someone close to you were injured by another motorist’s negligence, it is your right to demand compensation and you should seek the help of experienced Knoxville auto accident lawyers.
Here are six mechanical problems that either cause or contribute to auto accidents.
- Under inflated tires – Keeping tires properly inflated costs little if any money and requires one or two minutes of your time. Under inflated tires affect the riding performance of your car and make emergency maneuvers for avoiding an accident difficult to do. Under inflation also causes rapid tire wear and may cause a blowout.
- Worn tires – Worn tires have reduced tread depth which leaves you vulnerable to hydroplaning and skidding on wet or snowy roads. Lack of adequate tread also increases your braking distance which weakens your ability to make emergency stops.
- Brake problems – A common problem is worn brake pads. This diminishes your ability to brake. Signs of worn pads include grinding or screeching sounds, and a brake pedal that does not engage the brakes until it is close to the floor. Old cars can have brake fluid leaks or a failure of a mechanical component of the brake system.
- Steering problems – Steering problems are caused by a wide array of mechanical issues. For example, worn tie rods will cause looseness in your steering. Driving your car straight with worn tie rods requires effort because of the car’s tendency to wander. A failed tie rod causes complete loss of steering. Other important components include ball joints and steering fluid lines. Tires also play a part in steering. Uneven tire wear can sometimes cause violent steering wheel vibration.
- Head lights and tail lights – The ability to see and be seen is critical to safe driving. While most people appreciate the need for intact headlights, many ignore burnt out tail lights and brake lights. However, these prevent your car from getting rear ended.
- Windshield wipers – Wipers get very little attention yet without them, driving in the rain is impossible. Because they are essential for seeing the road, they are every bit as important as having intact headlights.
Keep your family and yourself safe by keeping up with your car’s maintenance. If you require legal advice because of an auto accident, don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation.