accidents caused by
poor car maintenance

Many Dallas drivers are remiss in their duties when it comes to sticking to their vehicle’s regular maintenance schedules; sometimes because they are just forgetful or neglectful, and other times because they don’t have the money for the necessary vehicle upkeep. To keep from being involved in an accident that can cost thousands, it’s best that drivers keep up with basic auto maintenance.

Car Maintenance Negligence

Defective Brakes

Proper brakes are essential not only in the normal operation of a vehicle, but also for accident prevention as well. Squealing, grinding, scraping and any other noises or out-of-the-ordinary sensations are reasons to have a mechanic take a look at the car’s braking system to ensure everything looks and works as it should. Motorists aware of defective brake issues are responsible for staying off the road until the problem is repaired.

Bad Tire Pressure & Tread

Failing to make sure the vehicle’s tires aren’t under or overinflated could result in a burst tire or a compromise in a vehicle’s maneuverability. It’s best to check tire pressures when you are refueling or leave the job to a mechanic. Additionally, motorists should have their tire tread checked regularly to ensure their tires have the tread depth necessary to safely navigate roads, snow, ice, and any other hazards on the road.

Dangerous Steering System

Drivers should be aware of any vibrating in the steering wheel, difficult steering, loose steering performance, noises, and an inability to drive in a straight line. These signs may point to issues with the steering system that could make driving dangerous. Loss of control due to a faulty steering system can result in a serious accident and could cause the injured party to seek the help of a Dallas car accident attorney to recover damages.

Be Safe - Not Sorry

If it’s been awhile since a professional mechanic looked at your car, it’s best to schedule a maintenance appointment as soon as possible. Compare the cost of new brakes or a thorough inspection with the cost and consequences of being involved in an accident. Ask about special discounts, maintenance programs, and financing to help cover the cost. The final point – better be safe than sorry.