There are over 19,000 auto accidents in Albuquerque each year (New Mexico Department of Transportation). The main cause of these accidents is distracted driving (National Highway Safety Traffic Administration). However, this is not the only factor that can result in a crash. A considerable number of accidents are caused by mechanical issues, which if they are not checked, could leave you in the center of a serious collision.
Faulty or Malfunctioning Windshield Wipers
If your windshield wipers malfunction while you are driving in the rain or snow, your vision and depth perception can quickly become impaired. This reduced visibility can result in an auto accident. According to Rain-X, a windshield wiper manufacturer, you should replace your wiper blades “every six months to a year or as soon as you notice a difference in driving visibility.” Some of the signs that may indicate that your wipers may be worn include: squeaking, chattering, skipping, smearing, or streaking.
Faulty Headlights or Taillights
Faulty headlights or taillights seems like an obvious mechanical issue that you would fix right away. However, you may be unaware of the fact that your headlights and/or tail lights are out. This is why you should check them regularly. The majority of vehicle accidents occur at night, so it is vital that you have functioning lights to rely on. It is your responsibility to make sure other drivers can see you and that you can see them. Properly functioning lights can be an essential element in avoiding an auto accident. Accidents that are a result of faulty lighting are avoidable and a few moments of preventative maintenance could help you avoid an accident.
Although tires are significantly safer today than ever before, tire blowouts still commonly occur. This is usually due to under inflated or worn out tires. Most tire blowouts happen when your vehicle is traveling at a considerable speed. This could lead to you losing control of your vehicle and it could affect other drivers. Often a blowout shoots shrapnel across the road, which can create obstacles. It is important that you check your tire pressure and tread regularly to ensure your safety. As suggested on DMV.org, regardless of your tires age, you should check them every month.
The most common mechanical problem, which often results in accidents, is faulty brakes. Although accidents are less frequent now, due to dual and anti-lock braking systems, it is still a major issue. To stay safe in your vehicle, make sure to test your brakes regularly. Cars.com recommends that most vehicles should have their tires rotated at least every six months. This is an ideal time to also have your brakes inspected.
Although you may properly maintain your vehicle, some accidents are unavoidable. If you have been injured in an auto accident that was due to someone else’s negligence, call Whitener Law Firm to find out what we can do to get you the money you deserve. For a free consultation regarding a personal injury claim, contact us at 505-883-7877.
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