On average, there are over 50,000 auto accidents in Indiana per year. According to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration, the main cause is distracted driving; however, this is not the only factor. 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 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
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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. In Indianapolis, motorcycles are required to have one headlight and one tail light. Other vehicles must have two headlights and a minimum of one tail light (Indiana Code 9-19-6).
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.
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Although you may properly maintain your vehicle, some accidents are unavoidable. If you have been injured in an auto accident, you need to call an experienced personal injury attorney. The Sevenish Law Firm has been protecting accident victims for over twenty years. For a free case review regarding a personal injury claim, contact us at Sevenish Law Firm or call 317-449-2634.