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Common Mechanical Problems that Lead to Car Accidents


While many accidents on the Tennessee roadway are caused by driver negligence or recklessness, in some cases a crash may be caused by a mechanical failure in the vehicle. There are many parts in a car or truck that can fail while driving and cause an accident. If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident caused by a mechanical failure, you may have a claim for compensation. Speak with the knowledgeable car accident attorneys at Mitch Grissim & Associates today to schedule a free consultation of your accident claim now.
Common Mechanical Problems

Vehicles have dozens of parts that could fail while driving which could lead to an accident; however, some parts are more likely than others to cause a crash if they fail. This equipment includes, but is not limited to, the following:

Tire Blowouts

A tire failure, also known as a blowout, occurs when the wall of the tire fails and tears open while on the road. Unlike a puncture, a blowout results in the rapid depressurization of the tire, which can lead to losing control of the vehicle and ultimately causing a crash. 

Brake Failure

Brake failure is another common mechanical issue that can lead to serious accidents. This occurs when the brakes installed are faulty or worn out to the point of no longer working. Brake failure makes it nearly impossible to bring a vehicle to a complete stop, which often leads to serious accidents.

Steering and Suspension Issues

A failure in a vehicle’s steering or suspension can lead to an immediate and often devastating result. When the steering or suspension fails, the vehicle will pull sharply to the left or right, causing the vehicle to crash into others on the road or run off the road, leading to an accident. 

Burned Out Lights

Finally, burnt out headlights, taillights, signal lights, or brake lights can create a very dangerous environment on the road that often leads to accidents. Lights can burn out from long term use or because of faulty wiring. This is a vehicle’s main communication with others on the road, and when the bulbs are burnt out it increases the chances of an accident.

Who is Liable?
There are multiple parties that may ultimately be liable after an accident involving a mechanical problem in a vehicle. If the driver was aware of the problem before getting behind the wheel, they may be held responsible for any accident that occurs. If the problem was caused by faulty installation or repair work, the mechanic or autobody shop that worked on the vehicle may be held liable. If the vehicle was one owned by a company that was responsible for repair and maintenance, they may be held liable for any accidents caused by a mechanical failure. To learn more, talk to an experienced Tennessee accident attorney today. 

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Have you or someone you know been injured because of a mechanical failure in a vehicle? To learn more about your legal options after an accident, talk to the knowledgeable Nashville personal injury attorneys at Mitch Grissim & Associates today to schedule a free consultation of your case.

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