Most serious car accidents are preventable. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that driver error causes about 94 percent of all crashes across the U.S. Speeding, texting, driving under the influence, and many more reckless behaviors are common causes of car accidents. But what about the accidents that are not the result of careless drivers? What causes those accidents and what happens to the drivers and passengers involved in those crashes? One notable cause is mechanical issues. Vehicle problems caused about 44,000 crashes in 2015, according to NHTSA.
What Mechanical Problems Can Lead to Car Accidents?
Even the most careful drivers can find themselves in serious car accidents. Sometimes, the accidents are the result of another driver’s carelessness, but mechanical issues with your own vehicle can also cause a crash. Some common issues include:
- Tire problems
- Faulty brakes
- Steering failure
- Electrical system defects
- Unintended acceleration
In addition, other mechanical issues can arise during an accident that cause further or more severe injuries than would have normally been sustained. Faulty airbags or malfunctioning seatbelts can fail to do their jobs appropriately, leading to penetrating injuries, burns, ejection, and much more.
Who Can Be Held Responsible for Mechanical Defects?
Drivers and passengers can suffer serious injuries when their own car defect or another vehicle’s defect leads to an accident. In those cases, it is possible to hold the manufacturer of the defective vehicle or defective parts responsible. These cases are often more complicated than standard car accident claims, and they do require proper investigation. An experienced attorney can help you examine your claim and determine how best to move forward.
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a car accident due to a faulty vehicle part, retain as much evidence as possible. Take photos at the scene of the accident, write down names and phone numbers of witnesses, and do not have the car repaired until it has been examined thoroughly. Accident victims across Alaska can contact attorney Ben Crittenden. From his Anchorage office, Ben helps crash victims obtain the compensation they deserve and hold responsible parties accountable. Call Ben today or take a moment to fill out the online contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.