Driving a car comes with a distinct set of inherent risks. Unfortunately, there are thousands of car accidents in New Mexico each year. And while the main cause of these car accidents is distracted driving, such as texting, changing the radio, or putting on makeup, many of these accidents are due to mechanical issues associated with the car. That’s why it’s so important to keep a close eye on the following four parts of your vehicle.
1. Faulty Headlights/Taillights
Sure, when one headlight bulb goes out you can easily replace it. However, the problem is that you may not even be aware that it is out in the first place. This is why it is so pertinent that you check your headlights and taillights on a regular basis.
Since most car accidents occur at night, having working lights is imperative – not only so that you are able to see clearly, but so that others can see you as well. This is especially important to take care of, as any accidents that occur as a result of these faulty lights could have been totally prevented.
2. Faulty or Malfunctioning Windshield Wipers
While we don’t usually think about them as being the most important part of the car, windshield wipers serve such an important purpose. They allow you to maintain visibility in inclement weather, such as rain or snow. If your wipers are not working properly, it can greatly impact your visibility and can therefore result in a serious accident. It’s key that you keep an eye on the performance of your windshield wipers. Once you notice that there is a difference in your visibility or that the wipers are squeaking, smearing, streaking, or skipping, it’s likely time to replace them. This usually calls for new wipers once every six months to a year.
3. Tire Blowouts
Tire blowouts can be extremely dangerous. They generally occur due to worn or under-inflated tires. This also commonly occurs when you are driving at a higher speed, which can result in more serious damage to you, your vehicle, and the safety of others and their vehicles. Additionally, when a tire blows it can cause debris to fall across the roadway, which can create a hazardous condition for other motorists. That’s why it’s so important that you check your tire pressure and the integrity of your tire tread on a regular basis (generally once a month).
4. Faulty Brakes
The absolute biggest mechanical problem associated with car accidents is faulty brakes. Although brakes and their associated technology have greatly improved over the years, it still poses an issue. That’s why it’s so important that you check and test your brakes on a regular basis. It’s also a good idea to have your tires rotated regularly (usually at least once every six months). During this time you can have the mechanic also check your brakes.
MPJ Law Firm Can Help Those in NM Who Have Been Injured in a Car Accident
Even if you take all of the proper precautions to maintain the best mechanics of your vehicle, accidents still occur.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident, it can have a huge impact on your life. When you are already dealing with physical, emotional, and financial issues, often the last thing on your mind is taking legal action against the person responsible.
At MPJ Law Firm, we will always act in your best interest and work to help you receive the compensation that you deserve. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!
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