People typically think of car accidents as a result of reckless or negligent driving, or even unsafe road conditions. Another overlooked cause of catastrophic injuries is maintenance neglect. When the owner of a car fails to keep their car in drivable condition, it can create situations that result in deadly accidents.

Mechanical failures are extremely dangerous, regardless of how small they look. Car owners must maintain their cars. Common mechanical failures that have led to deadly accidents are less threatening than they may initially seem.

Burnt-out signaling lights

Headlights, taillights, and turn signals are how drivers regularly communicate with each other. Without being able to present themselves on the road or declare turning intentions, accidents are bound to happen.

Insufficient tires

Tires with little to no tread and tires that have worn too thin are especially dangerous. Worn out tires can blow out quickly, making them prone to popping. With no tread on their tires, a driver is much more likely to spin out on wet or icy roads.

Poor brakes

Drivers cannot afford to take risks with their only method of stopping their vehicles. When breaks give out, every other driver around them is at risk of injury or death.

Failing windshield wipers

In heavy rain or snow, windshield wipers are the only thing allowing a driver to keep seeing what is ahead. If the blade has deteriorated, it may not correctly clear a windshield. If the wipers are not properly attached, they may come off when the driver needs them most.  

Maintain proper car safety

A car is its owner’s responsibility. If a feature on a vehicle is not maintaining proper levels of safety, it can become a severe liability. A single taillight is enough to cost someone their lives, which is why everyone needs to do their part and keep their car maintained.