Traffic accidents occur for a variety of reasons including road conditions, human error and mechanical failure. While a driver is powerless to do anything about the road conditions, they can work on their driving skills and maintain their vehicle properly. But how much does vehicle maintenance matter when it comes to car accidents and their frequency? We will find out that not only does maintenance matter on the road, but it matters in your wallet as well.
The Cost Of Not Having Regular Car Maintenance
Bankrate.com states that regular basic maintenance done to a car can cost a little more than $1,000 for the life of the car. But you could be looking at repair bills in excess of $8,000 if you do not get the oil changed and the tires rotated regularly.
Bankrate estimates that paying $120 for a year’s worth of oil changes can save you the cost of a $4,000 engine replacement. Not only is investing in regular maintenance a way to keep your car safe when you are driving, but it can also save you thousands of dollars in the long run.
What Types Of Mechanical Failures Cause Car Accidents?
According to SmartMotorist.com, the mechanical failure issues that cause the most accidents are bad brakes, balding tires and steering and suspension issues. These are all problems that can be easily detected during routine maintenance procedures, and taken care of immediately to maintain the value and safety of your vehicle.
In order to drive a safe vehicle, your tires should be checked every 5,000 miles by a certified mechanic, your car’s suspension should be looked at every 10,000 miles and the brake and power steering fluid should be checked every 3,000 miles. With these simple inspections, your car can run smoothly and safely for many years.
What Are The Numbers?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission, there were 44,000 car accidents in the United States between 2005 and 2007 that could be directly attributed to mechanical failure and not road conditions. This accounts for around two percent of all car accidents, and most of them could have been prevented with simple routine maintenance.
The mechanical failure that was directly identified as leading to the most accidents was tire issues, which caused 15,000 accidents. But there were 17,000 accidents that had non-specific mechanical failures that could range from tire problems to engine troubles.
What Should You Do?
Every driver is responsible for properly maintaining their vehicle and making sure that their vehicle is safe for use. If you are involved in an accident with a vehicle that was improperly maintained, then you need to contact an attorney immediately. The determination that the other vehicle involved in the accident was experiencing mechanical failure can affect liability for the accident and help to determine your financial responsibility.
In the State of New York, vehicles are required to pass an annual inspection to be able to stay on the road. But, it is the responsibility of the owner to make sure that their vehicle is safe to drive between inspections. If you feel that you were involved in an accident with a vehicle that was improperly maintained, then contact an attorney immediately to protect your rights and make sure that you are awarded the financial compensation you deserve.