Part of the responsibility of driving is keeping your vehicle in a safe and roadworthy condition. State laws like the one requiring vehicles to have two functioning headlights exist to protect public safety. Other drivers knowingly put everyone around them in danger by putting off needed brake repairs. Some types of maintenance issues, if not addressed, will render the vehicle unsafe–if not illegal–to drive.
If you were hurt in a motor vehicle accident because another driver was irresponsible regarding the maintenance of their vehicle, you will want to speak to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The negligent driver is likely to begin making repairs promptly, and needed evidence of the vehicle’s defective condition could be lost.
What Types of Dangerous Vehicle Conditions Lead to Accidents?
There are some types of vehicle maintenance that cannot be delayed once they are needed. Anything that interferes with the function of the vehicle or its driver’s ability to control it must be fixed promptly to avoid an accident. Crashes can happen when drivers fail to maintain:
- Lights – Headlights and taillights are necessary both so the driver can see where he is going, and so other drivers can see him. A driver with no lights may swerve into another vehicle trying to avoid hitting an object he could not see coming, or another vehicle may crash into him because he was near-invisible without lights. Brake lights are also important because they alert drivers behind that the vehicle is slowing or stopping. In Texas, it is against the law to drive without proper lights because it is dangerous. When a person violates a safety law and hurts someone, it may be what is called “negligence per se.” This can make proving a negligence claim easier.
- Brakes – When brakes wear out, it is only a matter of time before they fail and the driver finds himself unable to stop. Rear-end collisions are common when the driver starts stopping for a red light and realizes he cannot. Because brakes are so incredibly important, drivers are expected to stay on top of maintaining them.
- Tires – In Texas, all tire treads must have a minimum 2/32 of an inch depth. Tires that do not have sufficient tread are more prone to hydroplaning or spinning out on slick roads.
These are just a few maintenance problems that can become dangerous. If you suspect that the at-fault driver’s failure to keep his vehicle in a safe condition contributed to your car accident, it is best to speak to an attorney promptly.
Contact a Collin County Car Accident Attorney
Burress Injury Law is committed to recovering compensation for those injured by the carelessness of other drivers. Our McKinney car accident attorneys are experienced at conducting full investigations to help prove the cause of a crash. Call us at 214-726-0016 to arrange a free consultation.