Despite advancements in automotive technology, an unacceptable number of people die on Georgia roads every year. In 2014, more than 1,100 people lost their lives in traffic accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Although there are countless factors that can contribute to collisions, the vast majority involve human error. One of the most common mistakes that drivers make is not maintaining their vehicles.
Changing your oil every three months is not enough to optimize your safety. You should also maintain these often-overlooked components:
- Wiper blades;
- Electrical system;
- Belts and hoses;
- And fluids.
Unfortunately, not all motorists are responsible about vehicle maintenance – and other road users suffer the consequences. If you were injured by a negligent driver in Georgia, contact the Crosson Law Group, L.L.C.
Ken Crosson can assess your crash to determine if you may be entitled to compensation for noneconomic damages, lost income and medical expenses. Our office is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Call 678-909-0770 to schedule a free initial consultation with a Marietta car accident lawyer. You can also learn about injury lawsuits in Georgia by visiting USAttorneys.com.
Here are five parts of your vehicle that you must maintain for optimal safety:
- Wiper Blades
According to the American Automobile Association, your wiper blades consist of rubber that wears within 6 to 12 months. You should replace your blades the moment you notice chattering during use or streaks across the window.
Also, check your windshield fluid reservoir every few weeks or after persistent use. If your reservoir is broken or empty, then debris on your windshield may obstruct your view and cause you to crash.
- Electrical System
A malfunction in your vehicle’s electrical system can put you in a dangerous situation. For example, an electrical problem could cause you to stall in traffic or to break down on a busy highway. As such, you should request an electrical inspection every time you visit a mechanic.
- Belts and Hoses
The rubber on belts and hoses can gradually deteriorate. Eventually, belts fray and pipes develop weak spots and cracks, which could lead to a breakdown.
All drivers should regularly check their tires for wear and tear. You should replace your tires if they do not have enough tread because losing traction could be deadly. Also, check your tire pressure every few weeks; keeping your tires at optimal pressure can reduce fuel consumption, improve your vehicle’s handling, and help the tire tread wear evenly.
Your car needs the right fluids in the proper systems to operate safely. Change your oil every three months or 3,000 miles. Also, ask your mechanic to check your power steering, transmission, and brake fluid levels at every visit.
If you were injured by a negligent driver in Georgia, contact the Crosson Law Group, L.L.C. Ken Crosson is a car wreck attorney in Marietta who can evaluate your accident, gather evidence, structure your claim and handle settlement negotiations on your behalf. Call 678-909-0770 to schedule a free initial consultation.