Keeping your car in safe and proper working condition is an extremely important part of driving. Without the regular maintenance and care of your vehicle, you are putting others at great risk and may also be in violation of the law. Those who are injured in an accident that occurred due to maintenance negligence should not be held responsible.
Common Vehicle Maintenance Issues that Lead to Accidents
Due to the risks posed, there are some types of maintenance that must be performed when they are needed and not at a later date. If there are any issues that can impact how the vehicle functions or how it is able to be controlled, it must be fixed immediately. There are common issues that fall under this category and often lead to accidents. These include a failure to maintain the vehicle’s:
- Brakes – It would be an understatement to say that a car’s brakes are important. Worn-out brakes often fail or make it very difficult to be able to stop a vehicle. Rear-end collisions are sometimes the result of brake failure. When a driver is approaching a red light and attempts to stop but the vehicle’s brakes don’t work, the vehicle crashes into the back of the one in front of it. When a vehicle is going at a higher speed and is unable to brake, the results can prove catastrophic.
- Tires – The state of Texas requires that all tread on tires must be at least 2/32 of an inch deep. This is extremely important because when tires lack adequate tread, they are likelier to hydroplane or spin out in inclement weather.
- Lights – In Texas it is illegal to drive without proper lights. Sure, it’s important to see other vehicles and to be seen by other vehicles. For this reason, headlights and taillights are invaluable. Without the proper lights it can be difficult for a driver to see an object or another vehicle in front of him in order to brake or swerve in time. Other vehicles may also fail to see a vehicle without headlights and crash into it. Without properly working taillights, it can be difficult for vehicles in the rear to know that the driver ahead of them is stopping. This can result in a rear-end collision.
There are many different maintenance issues that can result in serious injury or even death if not tended to. If you have been injured in an accident and you suspect that the other driver’s failure to properly maintain his vehicle was a contributing factor, it’s important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible so as to act quickly while the maintenance issue is still present.
The Attorneys at Ceja Law Firm Help Those in Houston Who Have Been Injured in a Car Accident
If you were injured in a car accident due to the recklessness or negligence of another, it’s vital that you understand to what you are entitled under the law. With this information under your belt, you can make the important decisions regarding how you want to move forward. That’s why it’s in your best interest to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced Texas personal injury attorney.
At Ceja Law Firm PLLC, we understand the impact that an accident can have on many parts of your life and the importance of properly dealing with such negligence or recklessness. That’s why we will work to get you the compensation that you deserve. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!