Preventative Maintenance Can Help Protect You Against Car Accidents and Injuries
Most drivers are aware that dangerous behaviors such as drunk driving, driving distracted, or speeding can increase your risk of car accidents. Did you know that failing to properly maintain your vehicle could significantly increase your risk of accidents and injuries as well? Your car requires regular vehicle checks to remain in proper running condition, and even minor repair issues can jeopardize the safety of you and other drivers on the road.
Car Maintenance and Vehicle Safety
Car accidents studies conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have concluded that vehicle maintenance issues are a contributing factor in roughly 40 percent of all accidents. In addition to making a car accident more likely to occur, uncorrected repair issues can increase the severity of the crash, making serious and potentially life threatening injuries more likely to occur. The most common maintenance issues the NHTSA found were at fault for contributing to the likelihood and severity of a crash include the following:
- Problems with tire inflation and tread: A factor in nearly 45 percent of all car accidents, tires that are old or improperly inflated reduce traction and make it more likely to lose control of the vehicle.
- Faulty brake systems: A factor in 25 percent of all accidents, leaks in brake hoses and excessive wear on brake pads and rotors can reduce your ability to respond to changes in traffic conditions and could result in total brake failure.
- Steering, suspension, transmission, and engine failure: Problems with power or steering can lead to breakdowns and loss of control, and are a factor in more than 10 percent of car accidents.
Other maintenance issues that could put you in danger include faulty head, tail, or brake lights, and malfunctioning wipers or lack of window fluid, both of which impact visibility. Even running low on certain fluids can make misfires and stalling more likely, increasing your accident risks.
Easy Maintenance Tips To Keep Your Car Safe
The American Automobile Association (AAA) offers some simple vehicle maintenance safety tips, which you do not have to be a mechanic to perform. Make it a habit of performing the following on a regular basis:
- Inspect all lighting systems and turn signals to make sure they work;
- Clean your lights, windshield, and rear view mirrors regularly;
- Visually inspect tires for signs of wear or damages, and check tire pressure at least once a month;
- Check under your vehicle and look at your driveway for evidence of fluid leaks;
- At the first sign of squeaking, get your brakes checked by a professional.
Reach Out to Us for Help
At the Wexler Law Firm, P.A., our West Palm Beach car accident attorney, Gregg Wexler, makes preserving your health and wellbeing our primary concern. When car accidents and injuries do occur, we are here to provide the professional legal representation you need to help you make the maximum recovery. If you have suffered injuries, call or contact our office online today to request a free consultation to see how we can help.