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Can a Damaged Suspension Lead to a Car Accident in Tennessee?

Posted on in Motor Vehicle Accidents

Campbell County auto accident injury attorney

Drivers can do a lot to protect themselves and others on the road, and this includes making sure their vehicles are well-maintained. Too often, drivers only care about getting their car repaired when a warning light appears on the dash, but other symptoms also warrant a visit to a mechanic as soon as possible. If a driver has failed to properly maintain their vehicle, this can render it unsafe to drive, leading to a dangerous car accident. If you are ever involved in a collision with another vehicle, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to protect your rights and determine how you can recover compensation for your damages.

The Importance of Vehicle Maintenance

A car's suspension keeps it balanced and upright. The struts, steering rack, anti-roll bars, control arms, and drive shafts work across the width of the car to provide the level of control that drivers need when they are behind the wheel. If any part of the suspension has a critical failure, a car could lose balance, and the driver may lose steering control. Thankfully, there are some clear symptoms that alert drivers to a possible problem with their car’s suspension.

In general, experts say that a car's shocks and struts should be replaced every 50,000 to 100,000 miles. However, in some cases, these and the remaining suspension components can wear out much more quickly than expected because of poor road conditions. Any deep, low thuds that are heard while driving are an early sign that a car could be due for repairs soon. The issue becomes more significant when the driver feels a dramatic bumpiness any time he or she is on a worn-out road or hits a speed bump, and especially if there is no responsiveness or balance while steering. In that case, a driver should take their car to a trusted mechanic right away to avoid losing control after hitting another pothole or bump in the road.

With all of this in mind, if a driver gets into an accident due to a mechanical failure on his or her vehicle, multiple parties may be liable for the injuries and damages that occur. The motorist may be held accountable for injuries to other people if he or she neglected to properly maintain his or her car. However, a vehicle manufacturer or repair shop may also be found responsible for causing a crash if parts did not function properly, if they were not installed correctly, or if proper safety inspections were not performed on the vehicle.  

Contact a Jacksboro, TN Personal Injury Lawyer

Car accidents can become complicated cases, especially if auto component failure played a role in causing a collision. If you or your loved one have been involved in a motor vehicle collision, you should first seek medical attention and follow a doctor's instructions for treatment of your injuries. Next, you will want to work with an accomplished Campbell County car accident attorney who can help determine liability for the accident and explain your options for pursuing compensation. At the Law Office of William F. Evans, we will provide you with dedicated representation so you can recover the compensation you need and deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call our offices today at 423-449-7980.

 

Sources:

https://www.strutmasters.com/when-to-replace-shocks-and-struts/

https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/what-are-the-dangers-of-driving-a-vehicle-with-a-broken-suspension

 

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