When Car Parts Fail to Function
In the US and in many other countries around the world, one common thing about car crashes is that most of these are caused by young drivers, particularly those aged between 16 and 19 years old. According to the National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey (NMVCCS), a yearly study conducted by the NHTSA, about 90% of these crashes are due to driver error – mistakes committed by drivers. These driver errors, to name a few, include distracted driving, inexperienced driving, day dreaming, falling asleep while driving, driver fatigue, reckless driving, aggressive driving, and driving while impaired either by alcohol or, legal or illegal drugs (legal drugs refer to over-the-counter drugs or prescription medicine).
Driver errors are results of carelessness or negligence and irresponsibility – avoidable things without which car accidents would significantly be reduced. “Reduced” because though more than two-thirds of car accidents are due to these, there are other reasons why cars crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These other reasons include defects on roads, highways and bridges, and defective cars or malfunctioning car parts due to mechanical failure.
Mechanical failure can be due to manufacturing defects or poor design (both of which can be blamed on the car manufacturer), or lack of proper vehicle maintenance, which is actually the driver’s or car owner’s fault. The most commonly identified mechanical problems that lead to car accidents are tire blow out, which can occur if tires are worn out or under inflated, faulty steering systems and suspensions, faulty headlights and taillights, malfunctioning wipers, and faulty brakes.
Two modern safety technologies that most of today’s cars are equipped with are the dual braking system, which will allow a car to still brake even if one of its braking systems fails due to circuit malfunction, and the anti-lock braking system, which will keep the car’s front wheels from locking during emergencies.
While the malfunction of any critical car part may lead to an accident, risks can be higher if the problem were the brakes. If the malfunctioning brakes were a manufacturing defect, then it would be surprising why, despite manufacturers’ compliance with federal safety standards and the quality control system they themselves observe, bad parts still slip through. Obviously, some people are just not aware, or they simply disregard thoughts, of the real dangers a defective car part can possibly cause everyone on the road.
In a website belonging to the law firm Williams Kherkher, it is mentioned how victims are made to face not just physical and/or emotional trauma, pain and sufferings, but a host of other concerns that can lead to financial troubles, like costly medical treatment and lost wages. All these sufferings and losses make it necessary for victims to pursue justice and compensation through a civil lawsuit.