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Common Automobile Hazards and How To Address Them

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Common Automobile Hazards and How To Address Them

As cars age, they can become increasingly unreliable and likely to break down. If you fail to carry out maintenance you are more likely to break down, placing yourself and passengers in danger. Here are some common automobile hazards and how to avoid them.

We can’t all afford new cars. Many people who our Hampton Roads auto accident lawyers help were hurt when they broke down. Sadly, these scenarios can end in tragedy.

A few years ago, a passenger in a car that was being driven slowly due to a tire defect on I-64 in Norfolk was killed in a fiery wreck when a truck hit his car. Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers secured a $3.5 million wrongful death settlement.

Here are five common automobile hazards on your car, truck or SUV that you should always address.

1 Worn and Defective Tires

Tires take all of the pressures if the road. You should not assume they will go on forever. Check the tread on a regular basis. You could check the tire pressure on every tire every couple of week.

Look out for rips and bulges. A shaky ride could indicate there is a problem with a tire. Don’t wait for it to blow out. Get your tires rotated regularly so as the wear is more even.

In some cases, tires may be defective in the first place. Tire manufacturers have been sued for blow outs that caused deaths and serious injuries. A manufacturer or a seller may be liable for dangerous defects to your tires.

2 Brake Problems

Brakes and tires are two of the most common defects that put drivers in danger in Virginia.  Brakes are a key safety feature but far too many drivers ignore telltale warning signs. If you have defective brakes your stopping distances will be longer and you are more likely to rear-end another driver.

Swerving while braking is a sign your brake pads are wearing unevenly. A high pitched squealing noise is an indicator that brake pads are wearing thin and need replacing.

You should get brakes checked as part of your regular service.

3 Malfunctioning Wipers

Windshield wipers are a relatively inexpensive item to fix. You can pick up a new pair from a store like Advance Auto Parts and fit it yourself.

Wipers also play a vital role. If your windshield wiper fails in wet weather, visibility is dramatically cut and driving is highly dangerous. Check your wipers regularly for wear and tear. Don’t wait for a wet day to be caught out.

Common Automobile Hazards

Common Automobile Hazards - Lights Often Fail

4 Burned Out Lights

Lights are another easy fix. When a light goes out, the problem is usually a burned out bulb that can be fixed easily. A burned out headlight will make it more difficult for the driver to see ahead at night. If you drive with a blinker or brake light out, other drivers may not realize your intentions and you are more likely to be involved in an auto accident.

A malfunctioning light will also attract a fine from law enforcement. Act immediately to replace lights when they go out.

5 Rust

Rust may be a problem with older vehicles. Always maintain the body and other parts of your vehicle and keep them fully polished or lubricated. If rust accumulates on your car's body it can damage its structural integrity. The body of the car may offer you less protection if you are in an accident.

Common automobile hazards are just that. The fact that they happen frequently is not a reason for inertia. It’s vital to address these problems as soon as possible for the safety of your family and other road users.

If you have been hurt in a Virginia wreck due to the fault of another driver, call us at (757) 455-0077.

Griff O'Hanlon

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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