A poorly maintained vehicle can increase you risk of being involved in a Chicago automobile accident.
Almost all car accidents are caused by driver error, and not by equipment failure. However, a poorly maintained vehicle can put you at an increased risk of a car accident. Here are some tips for making sure your car is in top operating condition and not likely to cause an accident.
Tires are the leading cause of equipment failure accidents. Check your tires’ tread regularly. The standard test is to use a penny stuck into the tread. If it’s deep enough to conceal part of Lincoln’s head, you’re okay, for now. Remember to check several places to look for uneven wear. Have your tires rotated regularly to avoid uneven wear.
Make sure your tires are properly inflated. Underinflated or overinflated tires may increase the risk of tire failure.
You should check your brake fluid regularly. If it’s leaking, get it checked out. Also make sure to check the wear on your brakes to make sure you still have some pads left. Brakes that are squeaking or grinding should be looked at, though squeaky brakes are not always a sign of wear.
Power Steering Fluid
Check your power steering fluid regularly. If it seems to be leaking, have it looked at.
Poor alignment can reduce your car’s maneuverability. If you have seriously uneven tire wear, it may be due to poor alignment. Take it in to be evaluated.
If you follow these steps, your car should be able to maneuver properly to respond to hazards. However, not everyone is as diligent in maintaining their vehicles, and another person’s poorly maintained car may result in an accident and injury to you.
If you have been hurt in an accident due to another driver’s negligence, you may be able to get compensation for your injury.
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