Losing control of your vehicle can be a nightmare scenario. You never want to find yourself with steering problems or have trouble breaking while you are behind the wheel. Such malfunctions could easily turn disastrous. They may lead you to swerve off the road or potentially into another vehicle. Luckily, most of the time, these situations are preventable. The number one precaution you can take? Maintaining your car.
When it comes to driving, it is important to act defensively rather than reactively. The same principle holds true for car maintenance as well. This is especially true in the state of Colorado, where harsh winter conditions can take a hard toll on our vehicles. According to the Car Care Council, “basic maintenance can go a long way toward improving the safety and dependability of your vehicle.” It may also have the added bonus of preventing any costly repairs later on.
The Car Care Council feels so strongly about proper auto maintenance that they even have a whole month dedicated to it. In fact, they have designated April as National Car Care Month. This feels like a natural choice when considering its springtime conditions. Winter has thawed out, and cars need to recover. However, every season comes with its own set of road hazards so it is important to remain diligent year-round. Do you know what proper car maintenance entails?
Unfortunately, for many people, the answer is no. This is why National Car Care Month exists! Throughout the month, the Car Care Council utilizes various campaigns to educate the public on the importance of proper car maintenance and other safety precautions. Many businesses will also participate by offering free car care events and clinics during this time. You may even be able to get a free vehicle inspection from a car technician. The end result is that consumers not only end up safer and more empowered, but also that they do not have to spend excessive amounts of money to get there.
There are a million different things that could cause an auto accident. That is just a hard fact of life. However, as we established earlier in this blog post, most car accidents are preventable. There are also certain factors that may put you at a higher risk of getting into an automobile accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates, for instance, that flat tires or tire blowouts are responsible for over 400 deaths and 78,000 accidents a year. You should always make sure you are getting your tires checked at least once a year–it’s not a big commitment and it can end up being the difference between life or death.
Faulty brakes are also a shockingly common factor in mechanical failures. If you have bad brakes, you may not be able to slow down in time to prevent and impact. Obviously, this can lead to some serious injuries (and even death). Unfortunately, far too many drivers do not repair or replace their brakes often enough. Keep in mind that brakes deteriorate slowly over time, and that it is always better to be safe than sorry.
The above two factors are some of the bigger risk factors that you have to worry about. But the list does not stop there. In fact, defective steering, suspension, engines, or transmissions can also pose a serious issue. The same goes for mechanical failures involving critical safety systems (e.g., airbags or safety belts). While these failures may not end up directly causing an accident, they almost certainly will affect the severity of your injuries. Do not let a simple mistake cause a deadly collision.
If you are involved in a car accident, you can not excuse it away by claiming it was all your car’s fault. Almost every auto accident case will be built on premises liability. In layman’s terms, this simply means that the accident was a direct result of at least one party’s negligence. If you fail to properly maintain your car, it is possible that you will be deemed negligent–and thus, at fault–for your automobile accident.
The minute you hit the road, you are legally obligated to a certain duty of care to everyone else around you. This includes passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and other drivers. In other words, you must take all the necessary proper precautions in order to prevent an accident. Failing to properly maintain your vehicle is a direct violation of this duty.
Of course, accidents can still happen even if you have done everything right. If you believe your car accident was a result of mechanical failure, you should be prepared to show any and all car repair records as evidence that you did, in fact, exercise reasonable care. This defense will become much weaker if it has been several years since your last trip to the auto shop. In this way, proper car maintenance can go beyond simply being a matter of safety. It can even be a means of legal protection.
It can feel difficult and overwhelming to take care of an auto accident claim on your own, especially if you do not have a full and comprehensive understanding of the law. You need someone on your side you can trust. Fortunately, you do not have to go through it alone.
If you or a loved one have recently been involved in a car accident, we at Injury Victim Law may be able to help. Though we are a Colorado-based firm, our team of experts and investigators is ready and available to assist personal injury victims all across the country.
You should never have to pay for somebody else’s mistakes. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with one of our trusted nationwide auto accident attorneys. We have helped countless clients successfully resolve their automobile accident cases. We can help you too. Let us fight for you and get you the compensation you rightfully deserve.