Car accidents are generally avoidable situations. Some factors that cause accidents include driver behavior, equipment failure, roadway design, and poor roadway maintenance. Driver behavior is often the primary cause of an accident and consists of excessive speed or aggressive behavior; however, in this post we will focus on equipment failure.

Equipment Failure

By law, manufacturers are required to design and engineer cars that meet a minimum safety standard. Combined with extensive research and development, computers have helped make safer vehicles that are easy to drive. Commonly, equipment failure includes loss of brakes, tire blowouts, and steering/suspension failure. Modern dual-circuit brake systems have made total brake failure an unlikely event. If one side of the circuit fails, the other side is usually sufficient to stop a vehicle.

Worn-Out Tires

Today, tires are a lot safer than they were just 25 years ago, but they still require attention. Tire failure is caused by worn-out tires and can be an extremely serious problem that will lead to an auto accident. Uneven wear is caused by improperly balanced tires or broken suspensions. It’s important to have your mechanic check your tires every 5,000 miles.

Steering and Suspension

Even the best drivers are left helpless in an event of a suspension or steering failure. At high speeds, such failures can be deadly. Your suspension keeps your tires in contact with the roadway in a stable manner, and steering allows you to go around obstacles. Make sure you have your suspension and steering systems checked every 10,000 miles.

Free Consultations for Accident Victims of Equipment Failure

If you were involved in a car accident due to faulty equipment or equipment failure, call the Heslin Law Firm to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Philadelphia car accident lawyer. We have the experience necessary to battle the insurance companies for a financial compensation that is rightfully yours. With our top legal representation in the state of Pennsylvania, we will help compensate you for pain and suffering, lost wages, unpaid medical bills, and more.

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