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Frequently Asked Questions About Car Accidents

What four factors contribute to the vast majority of car accidents?

  1. Equipment Failure
  2. Roadway Design
  3. Poor Road Maintenance
  4. Driver Behavior

What are the most cited types of vehicle equipment failure?

The most cited types of equipment failure are loss of brakes, tire blowouts or tread separation, and steering/suspension failure.

What is the cause of over 95% of motor vehicle accidents?

Over 95% of motor vehicle accidents involve some degree of driver behavior combined with one of the three factors (i.e. – equipment failure, road conditions or other drivers). However, the behavior of the actual driver is often the primary cause. Most are caused by excessive speed or aggressive driver behavior.

What are some signs that it is time for a new car battery?

  • Slow engine start, your vehicle is sluggish and takes longer than normal to start.
  • The check engine light will appear on when your battery power is weak.
  • A swelling, bloating battery case.

How often should I have my car battery replaced?

This all depends on your driving habits and where you live. Extreme temperatures can kill your car battery. The Florida summer heat takes the biggest toll on your battery life. Also, shorter trips = shorter battery life. If you take many short trips (less than 20 minutes) your battery will not have enough time to fully recharge, shortening its overall life-expectancy. A good rule of thumb is that once your battery reaches the three year mark, have it inspected annually.

What are some examples of auto maintenance issues that can cause a driver to be liable in an auto accident?

  • Bald tires
  • Cracked windshield
  • Worn out windshield wipers
  • Broken turn signal
  • Faulty brakes / worn out brake pads
  • Broken headlights

What routine vehicle checks can I do to prevent auto accidents?

  • Check your brakes. Many people do not check their brakes on a regular basis. However, these are one of the most important safety features of your automobile. If your brake pads are worn out, they sometimes make screeching sounds like metals grating against each other when you are tapping the brakes. Experts advise having your brake pads checked every six months to avoid an accident.
  • Transmission Fluid. Transmission fluid is the “lifeblood” of your transmission and essential to your car running smoothly. You do not need a professional to change your transmission fluid. You can purchase an automatic transmission fluid, use a dipstick to check the level and color and then replace it if you need to.
  • Tire Pressure/Tread. You can use a tire pressure gauge to check to see if your tires are properly inflated. Keeping your tires at the right pressure can help you avoid a blown tire and oftentimes, an accident. Checking the tread on your tires is equally important because this is what gives your tires traction while driving. If your tires are worn down, there is an increased risk that you might hydroplane in certain conditions.
  • Wheel Alignment. If your car starts to veer to the left or right while driving, this means your car is out of alignment. If it is not addressed, it can cause uneven and quick wear on the tire tread. Experts recommend having your alignment checked by an auto technician professional.
  • Steering & Suspension. Your suspension keeps your tires in contact with the roadway in a stable and predictable manner. Your steering enables you to go around road obstacles and avoid potential accidents. Even a safe, well-trained driver is helpless in the event of a steering or suspension system failure. These type failures are catastrophic, particularly at high speeds. Have your suspension and steering systems checked out by a mechanic every 10,000 miles.
  • Antifreeze. Antifreeze or coolant helps keep your car from freezing or over-heating. If the levels in your car are off, your car will not run smoothly and can cause an accident. If the weather is too hot and your car does not have enough antifreeze, your radiator can overheat and cause problems with the engine. Experts recommend checking your antifreeze every three to six months.

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