Car accidents are an unfortunate and common occurrence on the roads throughout Middle Tennessee. While some accidents result from driver negligence, others can be directly linked to vehicle malfunctions. As experienced car, truck, and motorcycle accident attorneys in Middle Tennessee, Stillman & Friedland have witnessed the devastating impact of vehicle malfunctions on accidents first-hand.
Common Vehicle Malfunctions and Their Effects
A vehicle can malfunction in numerous ways, with some of the most common malfunctions leading to accidents including:
Brakes are a vital component of a vehicle’s safety system, designed to bring a car to a stop quickly and safely, preventing accidents. However, brake failure can cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle, leading to an accident. Brake failure can occur for various reasons, such as worn brake pads, a malfunctioning brake system, or a defect in the vehicle’s design. In some cases, brake failure may result from a manufacturing defect or improper car maintenance.
Tire blowouts are a frequent cause of accidents on the road, potentially resulting in severe injuries or even fatalities. When a tire blows out, it can cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle, leading to a crash. This can be particularly dangerous if the driver is traveling at high speeds or on a busy roadway.
Tire blowouts can occur for several reasons. One common cause is improper maintenance, with incorrectly inflated or worn tires being more prone to blowouts. Additionally, older tires that have not been replaced may be more likely to fail. Another cause of tire blowouts is road hazards, such as nails or other sharp objects on the road, which can puncture the tire and cause it to blow out. This highlights the importance of drivers maintaining a safe distance from other vehicles on the road.
Steering malfunctions can be extremely dangerous, as the driver may become unable to steer the car, particularly at high speeds or on busy roadways. Steering malfunctions can result from various factors, including a malfunctioning power steering system, a worn steering belt or pump, or a defect in the vehicle’s design. In some instances, steering malfunctions may arise from improper maintenance of the steering system.
Electrical malfunctions in vehicles can lead to multiple issues that pose dangers for drivers and other vehicles on the road. If headlights, brake lights, or turn signals fail to operate correctly, it can make it difficult for other drivers to see the malfunctioning vehicle, potentially resulting in an accident. For example, if brake lights fail, the driver behind may be unaware that the driver ahead is slowing down or stopping. Similarly, if turn signals fail, other drivers may be unaware of the driver’s intention to turn or change lanes, which can lead to a collision.
Vehicle malfunctions can have a significant impact on accidents, making it crucial for drivers to ensure their vehicles are in good working order. If you have been involved in an accident caused by a vehicle malfunction, Stillman & Friedland is here to help. We will fight for your rights and seek the compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident in Tennessee, contact our Nashville office at 615-244-2111 for a free, confidential consultation, chat with us, or fill out a form. We will evaluate your case at no cost to you. We operate on a contingency basis, meaning you only pay if we secure a settlement or jury award on your behalf.
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