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How Can Proper Auto Maintenance Prevent Car Accidents in Colorado?

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Although other drivers’ actions are unpredictable, there are two things all motorists can do to help avoid auto accidents, including driving safely and properly maintaining their vehicles. Typically, people are often reminded to obey traffic laws, pay attention at all times, and to stay sober when driving. However, faulty or worn-out auto parts can also cause collisions with minor to serious injuries. Since Colorado is an “at fault” state, a driver who does not properly maintain his or her vehicle can be deemed at fault for negligent maintenance and upkeep. If you have been in an accident that involves broken or faulty vehicle components, you should work with an experienced personal injury attorney to determine your legal options, especially since these types of cases can be more complicated than your average fender-bender.

Essential Vehicle Maintenance

Although many people wait for warnings to appear on the dashboard or for other obvious symptoms before bringing their cars into a repair shop, some preemptive maintenance goes a long way. At least once a year, every motorist should make sure to have a skilled mechanic check the following:

  • Tires: If a car's tires are worn out, a driver may be at risk of experiencing a flat while driving, putting them at risk of swerving into other cars or off the road entirely. However, this danger can be avoided with timely tire rotations or replacement of worn tires. Drivers can keep tires healthier for longer by getting them rotated when recommended by the vehicle’s manufacturer.

  • Hoses and Belts: These parts can suffer wear and tear after many miles. Any cracks, soft spots, or frayed edges could cause a car's engine to stop functioning properly at a moment’s notice. Sudden engine failure can cause a driver to lose control of his or her vehicle, leading to a crash. Thes types of vehicle equipment are often not very expensive, and performing cheap and easy repairs can help drivers stay safe on the road. 

  • Fluids: Vehicle engines rely on the correct amounts of high-quality fluids for the transmission, power steering, brakes, and radiator. With newer cars, it can be easy to check the status of many of these fluids. Brake and power steering fluids are supposed to be clear, and the oil can be checked at any time. Not only will an oil change keep a car responsive, but it can also save a motorist a significant amount of money on engine repairs in the future.

  • Lights: If any headlights or brake lights on a vehicle are out, this can pose a risk to surrounding motorists. It makes it difficult for other drivers to notice another car on the road or determine when a vehicle will be stopping or making a turn. When taillights or brake lights are not functioning, other drivers may not be able to stop in time and avoid a collision. Maintaining clear visibility can prevent many car accidents, and replacement bulbs can be purchased at auto parts shops.

Contact a Larimer County Personal Injury Lawyer

Regardless of the precautions drivers take, accidents can and do occur. If you or your loved one have been injured in a car accident, it is important to seek representation from an experienced attorney. The legal team at Hoggatt Law Office, P.C. can help you determine whether another driver's failure to perform maintenance played a role in an accident, and we will work with you to recover the compensation you need and deserve. Contact our qualified Fort Collins car accident attorneys at 970-225-2190 to schedule your free consultation.

 

Sources:

https://www.800newagain.com/blogs/611/car-tips/these-10-car-maintenance-musts-can-help-avoid-accidents/

https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/DriverHandbook.pdf

 

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