Most car accidents are attributable to nothing more than human error. However, there are accidents where external factors like poor road conditions and bad weather may be at play. However, mechanical failures can also lead to wrecks.
According to the National Highway Transport Safety Administration (NHTSA), tire failure contributes to approximately 35% of motor vehicle accidents that are caused by mechanical failures. Tire failures can take the form of worn tires or tire blowouts. The outcome of a tire failure can be devastating. The car may swerve off the road or into oncoming traffic or even roll over if you were speeding.
Brake failure is one of the primary causes of many car accidents, such as rear-end collisions. Failure of the car’s braking system can result in the driver losing control of the vehicle. As a result, a driver might ram into other vehicles at high speeds, run over pedestrians or hit nearby fixed structures. Some of the causes of brake failure may include worn or faulty brake lines, worn brake pads and discs and Antilock Brake System (ABS) malfunction.
Steering and suspension failure
Suspension, engine-related or steering failures are another set of mechanical failures that are responsible for car accidents. Steering or suspension failures can result in the driver losing control over their vehicle during critical moments. Likewise, transmission or engine failures can prevent the driver from accelerating when they should.
There are many reasons why car accidents happen, but you shouldn’t bear the losses when you’re blameless. Find out how you can pursue damages if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident that is not your fault, whether that wreck was caused by a mechanical failure or not.