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It estimated that 13% of car accidents involve some form of mechanical failure. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),  2% of all car accidents are solely due to a critical failure within a car. These numbers may seem insignificant. However, the still represent a large number of potentially fatal accidents. The good news is that accidents due to mechanical failure can be prevented in many cases, though not all. They can be caused by natural wear and tear, negligence from a mechanic or a failure due to faulty manufacturing. If you have suffered an injury in an accident and you suspect that mechanical failure is the culprit, it is recommended that you contact a reputable personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

Common Causes of Mechanical Failure

Not all mechanical failures are alike. Some are due to errors attributed to the driver and other mechanical failures are due to mistakes on the part of the manufacturer or mechanics. Listed below are some common causes of mechanical failure.

  • Faulty Brakes: Needless to say, your brakes are important. Not only for you personally, but they are also important to the safety of other drivers and pedestrians. Brake failure can be due to errors on the behalf of your mechanic, craftsmanship issues from the manufacturer or negligence on your behalf.
  • Tire Issues: Overtime, tires become worn. They can lose their grip and make it dangerous for anyone to drive with them. A worn tire will most likely increase the amount of space needed to brake. They can also decrease the amount of traction and control that is necessary for safe driving. Additionally, tires can sometimes blow while driving.
  • Faulty Windshield Wipers: In the case in inclement weather, faulty windshield wipers can decrease your field of vision and increase the chances of an accident.
  • Unclear Headlights: Headlights help drivers during the night as well as inclement weather. They can decrease your overall vision and make it more difficult for other drivers to see you.

Accidents Due to Mechanical Failure

Many types of accidents can be due to mechanical failure. Some of those include head-on collisions, rear-ending as well as accidents due to a failure to yield. Diagnosing mechanical failure accidents will require expert testimony. If you have recently been in an accident due to any type of mechanical failure, call the attorneys at  Timothy J Ryan & Associates to schedule your free consultation today.

How to Avoid Mechanical Failure Accidents

It may not be entirely possible to prevent all mechanical failure accidents. However, there are specific steps that you can take to decrease the likelihood of accidents due to the failure of critical components in your vehicle. Listed below are some simple steps that can help you to avoid potentially dangerous traffic accidents because of mechanical failure.

  1. Complete regular inspections of your vehicle. This includes tire tread, headlights, and taillights, brake pressure, etc. Maintaining the recommended maintenance schedule will also help to catch any potential failures.
  2. Check for recalls. Manufacturers issue vehicle recalls all the time. Stay up to day on any recalls related to your vehicles before they have a chance to negatively impact you.
  3. Check fluids: Having the appropriate amount of fluid for your brakes, cooling and windshield wipers can go a long way in keeping you safe on the road.
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Who is Liable in a Mechanical Failure Accident

If you have maintained your vehicle as prescribed by the owners manual, there may be other parties at fault for a mechanical failure accident. If you recently had your car fixed and soon thereafter suffered an injury due to a mechanical failure, it may be the mechanic’s fault. Furthermore, there are some instances in which the manufacturer of individual parts and/or the entire vehicle issue recalls. Pinpointing specific liability can be difficult alone. If you have recently been injured in an accident, it is important that you are represented by a reputable personal injury attorney.

What to do if You Get into a Car Accident

Getting into an accident can be scary. Especially if it is due to a mechanical failure like a blown tire or the inability to brake. In the case that you find yourself in this situation, it is important that you ensure that all people involved in the accident are safe. If you are able, drive your vehicle to the shoulder and turn your flashers on. If not, at minimum, remove yourself from the dangers of oncoming traffic. Soon after the accident takes place, exchange information with others involved and call the police. When speaking with the authorities, be honest, but do not admit fault under any circumstances. Collect as much evidence as you can and take pictures of any damage incurred. In addition, give specific instructions to your insurance company regarding the mechanical failures of a critical system in your vehicle. It is also recommended that you schedule an appointment with a doctor or at least speak to one after an accident has occurred. If you have suffered an injury, it is important that you pursue your personal injury case as soon as possible.

Finding a Reputable Personal Injury Attorney

Proving that an accident injury was the result of a mechanical failure takes a highly skilled and experienced attorney. Finding the right personal injury lawyer can be the difference in a successful personal injury case and an unsuccessful one. If you are unable to obtain a referral from a trusted source like a friend or family, it is best to research reviews and ratings posted online. Additionally, check with the California State Bar to ensure that your chosen attorney is licensed. During your free consultation, be sure to inquire of their trial experience as well as effectiveness in cases similar to yours. The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in the State of California is two years. However, it is recommended that you connect with an attorney shortly after an accident has occurred. If you have recently been involved in an accident, give our attorneys a call to discuss your options today.

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