Although modern vehicles have gotten much safer over the past several decades, it is important to remember that they are still mechanical in nature, meaning they breakdown if not cared for properly. When certain car parts begin to wear down, the likelihood of a car accident increases. Keeping your vehicle in top shape keeps you and your family safe. The following are crucial parts of the car that cause the most accidents.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), worn out tires account for over 35 percent of all car accidents. Tires are the first point of contact between the car and the road, so having them in optimal condition is imperative to vehicle safety. Worn tires lead to loss of control, blow outs, and skidding. Have your tires replaced when treads are showing. Having them aligned after replacement helps with longevity as well.
The NHTSA found that 22 percent of traffic accidents are caused by faulty or worn-out brakes. Worn brakes will likely lead to an accident, as stopping performance is compromised. It is important to have your brakes checked at least once every 30,000 miles or at every maintenance check, and have them replaced when necessary.
The chance of an accident increases when visibility is lessened, which is why it is so important that your vehicle’s exterior lighting is working properly. Exterior lighting also alerts other drivers, lowering the chance of a collision.
The suspension is an often-overlooked part of the vehicle, mostly because you cannot see when they go bad, but you can certainly feel it or hear it when suspension components are worn. Bad suspension can cause a driver to lose control or cause other mechanical issues in the car.
Although rare, a failing steering system is extremely dangerous, whether the steering becomes hard to maneuver or will not move at all.
There are a few systems on your vehicle that run on belts, and they are all important. For instance, the alternator runs on a belt, and if that wears out or snaps, then the electrical system can go inoperative. The engine has a timing belt, or in some cases a chain, and not having these belts checked or replaced can lead to catastrophic engine damage.
Another visibility issue, worn out wipers are not only are bad in the rain, but in snowy conditions as well, as salt and dirt will likely cloud up your windshield. It is recommended to have your wipers replaced at least once every six months.
It is a good idea to have your fuel system checked, particularly the electrical portion and associated parts, mainly the fuel lines. Leaking fuel is not only a fire hazard, but it can also cause major damage to the vehicle as well.
It is important to always go to a mechanic that is reputable and that you can trust. Stay away from common car owner mistakes, such as using the incorrect engine oil or fluids or using parts simply because they are cheaper but are lacking in quality.
There are many auto parts that can cause a car accident when they are not properly maintained. If you have been injured in an accident that was caused by a failed car part, then speak with one of our Wilmington car accident lawyers at Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. today. Call us at 302-656-5445 or fill out our online form for a free consultation. Located in Wilmington and Millsboro, Delaware, we proudly serve clients throughout Dover, New Castle County, and Sussex County.