Motor vehicle collisions have all sorts of causes, including intoxicated driving, distracted driving and drowsy driving. However, there are other factors that may result in a fatal motor vehicle accident, which people may overlook. For example, defective brakes and other vehicle-related problems can lead to a deadly traffic accident. Sadly, many lives have been lost and scores of people have suffered debilitating injuries because of defective auto parts.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an estimated 10,000 motor vehicle accidents were caused by defective brakes between 2005 and 2007. However, there are other vehicle-related problems that contributed to traffic accidents during this time period, such as tire problems, which caused an estimated 15,000 wrecks. Engine, suspension, steering and transmission issues also contributed to the number of motor vehicle accidents that occurred throughout this timeframe.
Tragically, many of these vehicle-related problems could have addressed before they resulted in a motor vehicle accident. After a crash, the damage cannot be undone and the aftermath of a wreck can be incredibly devastating for everyone involved. From families struggling with severe emotional pain after losing someone they loved to financial troubles and significant physical pain, traffic collisions can destroy lives.
If you own or operate a motor vehicle, it is important to make sure that your vehicle is properly maintained and that any potentially dangerous defects are addressed at once. If the life of your loved one was cut short because of a car crash, you should go over any of your options and do what you can to restore normalcy.