3 Car Part Defects That Can Cause Accidents
The most careful driver in the world would still be powerless to avoid a car crash caused by mechanical failure. These accidents can be terrifying for everyone involved. One moment everything is fine, and you are cruising down the road in control of your car. Then suddenly, you realize that you are no longer in control of your car, and a crash is inevitable.
Initially, it may even appear to others that the crash was your fault. You are left trying to figure out what went wrong. Fortunately, the maker or seller of a defective car part can be held liable for any accidents that happen because their part failed. Those responsible for putting a defective product on the market are responsible for the injuries the defect causes. Anyone from the manufacturer to the mechanic who incorrectly installed the part may be the liable party. An attorney can help you determine what happened and who you may have a claim against.
Which Defective Car Parts Often Lead to Serious Crashes?
Some car parts can fail without causing an accident. You will probably not get into an accident if your speakers stop working or your interior lights quit. However, other parts can cause nearly immediate crashes when they abruptly fail. When defective car parts cause accidents, the parts most likely to blame are:
Braking systems - Assuming you are not the only vehicle around for miles on a relatively straight road, if your brakes fail, you are going to crash. At best, you may be able to drive off the road to avoid other vehicles during a brake failure incident. Brake failure is commonly due to faulty installation, so your mechanic is potentially liable.
Steering systems - Unless you are on a perfectly straight road or can stop in time, if you lose the ability to steer you lose the ability to avoid crashing. You are likely to veer out of your lane fairly quickly if you are not sent off the road entirely. Steering systems are complex, so a detailed investigation may be required to determine exactly what went wrong.
Tires - When a tire bursts without warning, it may become very difficult to steer or brake effectively. Cars may careen back and forth uncontrollably after a tire fails, often leading to multi-vehicle accidents. Proving a tire defect can be a complex endeavor, and multiple types of evidence may be needed.
If you suspect that a car part defect caused your accident, it is important that you reach out to an experienced attorney as soon as possible so they can begin gathering evidence.
Call a Kane County Car Accident Attorney
If you were injured due to a car part defect, Kinnally Flaherty Krentz Loran Hodge & Masur P.C. may be able to help you recover financial compensation. Our experienced Aurora car accident lawyers will conduct a skilled investigation to help prove the defect. Contact us at 630-907-0909 for a free consultation.