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Mechanical Problem Car Accident Lawyer

mechanical failure on car causing accidentA combination of errant driver behavior interspersed with extraneous factors like faulty mechanical equipment, bad road conditions, and inclement weather is cited as the primary reason for more than 95% of road accidents in the United States.

Upon an in-depth analysis of probable causes of accidents, the primary ones include aggressive or rash behavior displayed by the driver at fault for the accident.

The car accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC helps victims who were injured in Chicago auto accidents related to mechanical issues.

Car Accident Mechanical Problems FAQs

What if the Mechanical Failure Leads to an Accident?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), mechanical failures are often the result of a defective part or inadequate maintenance.

Mechanical problems can easily cause a loss of control of the vehicle resulting in severe injuries or wrongful death.

What are Some Examples of Mechanical Issues?

Common examples of serious mechanical issues that lead to car crashes include:

  • Malfunctioning taillights and headlights that reduce the driver's visibility
  • Faulty brakes due to defective brake linings, low fluid, and worn pads
  • Malfunctioning wiper blades
  • Defective vehicle suspension and steering system
  • Worn tires leading to a blowout

What is the Number One Cause of a Vehicle Malfunction?

Tire blowouts are the number one cause of vehicle malfunctions, followed by steering problems and faulty brakes. Many accidents caused by a vehicle malfunction occur along the side of the road, where the driver pulled over to deal with a dangerous scenario or hazardous condition.

What is Mechanical Damage on a Car?

Mechanical damage can be a part of the manufacturing process using defective components or worn-out parts after years of use. An engine block hole or crack, oil leak, or broken gearbox can cause serious problems when driving.

Many of these mechanical problems could be avoided by changing filters, maintaining brakes, and having the engine checked immediately after an engine light appears. Mechanics can use comprehensive diagnostic equipment to identify precisely what is wrong with the engine to ensure you and others are safe when driving.

What are Common Car Problems?

Nearly all drivers have faced a few of the common car problems that could cause an accident with injuries without repair. Some of these problems and issues include:

  • Blinking warning light telling the driver to get the engine service to immediately
  • Dead batteries
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Malfunctioning starter motor
  • Alternator/generator failure
  • Grinding or squeaking brakes
  • Flat tires and tire blowouts

What are the Signs of a Bad Engine?

Drivers should be aware of the seven apparent warning signs that the engine needs immediate attention. These warning signs include:

  • Illuminating engine light with a computer has detected a problem
  • A continually stalling engine
  • Annoying, unexpected noises
  • Unidentifiable odors inside and outside the vehicle while the engine is running
  • Engines running in the seconds and minutes after turning off the ignition
  • Low gas mileage
  • Uneven engine running

How Driver Behavior Contributes to Traffic Accidents

Most road accidents are caused by negligent disregard of traffic rules, such as ignoring posted speed limits and intentionally indulging in abusive behavior while on the road.

Other significant causes of errant motorist's behavior include drunken driving (driving under the influence of alcohol), driving under the influence of drugs, or driving while engaged in distracting activities such as talking on the cell phone or even attending to children in the car.

Aggressive, careless, and distracted driving compromises road safety standards and transforms a routine daily commute into accident victims' traumatic experience. Most aggressive driver behavior often goes unreported because most people tend to back out or backtrack on their statements when asked to admit to risky driving behavior that has caused an accident.

Mechanical Problems Contributing to Serious Car Crashes

Given today's advanced automobile technology, vehicles are manufactured to conform to recommended safety standards developed by experts in the field. However, specific typical mechanical faults have been repeatedly cited as causes for car accidents.

These include tire blowouts, faulty brake systems, and suspension or steering break-down, among others.

1) Faulty brakes – Dual brake circuit systems minimize the probability of mechanical failures given the mechanism's durability. If one circuit fails, the other circuit will enable the car to brake and prevent an accident.

Anti-lock brakes are another modern advanced technology that discourages the front wheels from locking during an emergency. Faulty brake pads, low brake fluid levels, broken brake lights, ruptured brake lines are just some of the common causes of brake failure.

2) Tire blowouts – Modern tire technology is much more advanced than what existed several years ago. However, under-inflated or worn-out tires are still considered the primary causes of tire failure motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. Improperly aligned, faulty suspensions produce uneven tire wear, which is often a significant factor in causing accidents.

3) Misaligned or faulty suspensions and steering systems – However, well-trained and experienced drivers with a malfunctioning suspension system cannot prevent a major accident from occurring, mostly if the car travels at high speeds.

Accidents caused by mechanical failures and manufacturing defect can be minimized by preventative steps like regular supervision and testing related vehicle components by qualified personnel trained in vehicle maintenance.

Defective parts, including faulty ball joints, worn-out windshield wipers, broken taillights, and nonworking turn signals, are just some of the causes of car accidents leading to injury and property damage.

4) Visibility hazards and road safety standards – The steady, dedicated efforts of traffic and transport authorities have resulted in highly improved road safety standards and the implementation of efficient traffic management systems.

Despite these laudable safeguards in place, there are unprecedented situations that could trigger car accidents such as wildlife crossing the road (especially at night), detours caused by incomplete construction blocking the main roads, or disabled vehicles that disrupt regular traffic flow.

Low visibility is a distinct hazard during foggy, rainy, or snowy weather conditions because it limits the driver's ability to see hazards, leading to catastrophic accidents that result in injuries or even fatalities.

Hiring a Mechanical Issue Car Accident Attorney

Unfortunately, many contributing factors might not be readily apparent until a traffic accident has been thoroughly investigated. Some of the above factors might impose responsibility upon the owner of the vehicle, repair company, or even the manufacturer.

Particularly for serious injury cases, it is crucial to examine every case to determine every possible factor contributing to a collision.

Were you, or a loved one, involved in a vehicle accident, rear-end collision, for a head-on crash? The personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC provide legal representation for motor vehicle crash cases.

Our car crash attorneys will evaluate your injury case without any cost or expense to you. Contact us today (888) 424-5757 for a no-obligation free consultation. Ask our law firm about our "No-Win/No-Fee" guarantee where we are paid only if we secure your financial compensation.

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