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Although negligent behavior or reckless conduct, such as driving under the influence, might come to mind as the cause of many car accidents, some also result from car mechanical issues.

Most cars today come equipped with high safety standards; however, some car mechanical issues are well-known to cause car accidents. 

What Are Mechanical Issues in a Car? 

A scary reality is many parts of a vehicle may fail at any time. Cars are complex machines with a lot of moving parts.

Responsible drivers who maintain their cars and perform checks at regular intervals reduce their risk of causing car accidents due to mechanical issues.

But not all car owners are responsible. Read on to learn more about what are mechanical issues in a car that might cause car accidents

Tire Blowouts 

Tires today come engineered to the highest safety standards. Despite this, mechanical issues do occur. Most new tires can usually withstand a puncture and permit a driver to reach a safe place before causing an accident.

Blowouts occur when the tire wall fails and the entire tire blows apart. Blowouts often happen at high speeds, causing the driver to lose control of their vehicle.

As a driver struggles to pull their car off the road, they may cause a car accident. In some situations, a driver may have no warning about the blowout and completely lose control of their car.  

Brake Failure

While current dual brake systems reduce the likelihood of brake failure, it can still happen. For example, brakes may fail in older cars because drivers have neglected to keep them in good repair.   

Steering and Suspension Issues

Suspension system malfunctions cause a car to pull sharply to the left or right. Even highly skilled drivers cannot avoid collisions with other vehicles when a steering system failure occurs.

Regular upkeep of a car reduces steering and suspension issues.   

Broken Headlights and Taillights 

Many car accidents occur at night when a car has a broken headlight or taillight. When a vehicle drives with a broken headlight at night, the driver may not see clearly.

A driver may collide with a tree or run their car off the road. Broken tail lights on a vehicle often cause rear-end collisions.

The driver behind a vehicle with a broken tail light cannot see the vehicle in front of them slow down or come to a complete stop. We’ve all been there, and it’s terrifying to come up on a car that you can’t see at night.

All drivers need to check their headlights and tail lights function correctly consistently. A simple check may avoid a catastrophic accident.      

Malfunctioning Wipers  

Those driving in inclement weather rely on functioning wipers. In heavy snow or heavy rain, malfunctioning wipers drastically reduce a driver’s visibility in such scary conditions.

A driver unable to see their surrounding environment puts themselves and everyone around them at risk. 

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We focus our practice on providing zealous representation, competent and credible expertise, personal service, and the necessary financial resources to maximize compensation.

When you meet one of our attorneys, you’ll be meeting your attorney for your entire case. Contact us today for a free case review to discover how the Zimmerman Law Firm can help you.

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Michael Zimmerman

Michael was born in Houston, Texas. His education at Baylor and Texas State Universities earned him a Bachelor of Science degree in 1987. His major was in Biology with a Minor in Chemistry. He finished his legal education at Texas Southern University in 1990, earning a Juris Doctorate from Thurgood Marshall School of Law. He was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1990.

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