A car accident can leave you with life-altering injuries. If you are caught up in a car accident that is not your fault, you may be eligible for financial restitution through a personal injury claim. But first, you must establish the extent of the other driver’s fault per Ohio negligence laws. And this is where the question of how the accident happened comes in.
While a large percentage of car accidents are attributable to negligence, a considerable number can be linked to mechanical faults. Here are three mechanical problems that can lead to a car accident:
1. Brake failures
Brake failure can lead to a serious car wreck. Of course, modern cars come with technologies like dual braking systems that reduce the risk of mechanical failure. However, lack of maintenance can still lead to wear and tear and eventual failure of the car’s braking system.
2. Faulty steering and suspension systems
If the car’s steering or suspension system malfunctions while traveling at a high speed, an accident will most certainly happen no matter how experienced you are behind the wheel. Likewise, steering wheel failures like fluid leaks, power malfunctions, worn power steering belts or blocked hoses can lead to a serious accident.
3. Faulty lighting systems
A significant number of car accidents happen at night when drivers must rely on the vehicle’s lighting system to see and signal other road users. If a car has dim or broken headlights, brake or tail lights, then it can be extremely difficult to see the road clearly or signal your actions to other drivers.
Protecting your rights
Today’s car manufacturers have put in place a number of safety standards to protect consumers. However, car accidents due to mechanical faults still happen. And if you are involved in a car accident that is not your fault, you deserve justice.