Despite advancements in vehicle safety, car accidents remain far too common on Iowa roads. There have been more than 300 fatal crashes every year since 2011, and thousands more collisions have caused severe injuries.
Driver error contributes to the vast majority of these accidents. Although you cannot control the actions of other motorists, there are several steps you can take to minimize the risk of crashing. Maintaining your vehicle is a critical component in accident prevention. Examples of responsible car maintenance include:
- Inspecting the electrical system;
- Replacing wiper blades;
- Examining your tires;
- Checking hoses and belts;
- And checking fluids.
Unfortunately, not all drivers maintain their vehicles responsibly. If you were injured in a crash that was not your fault, contact Eells & Tronvold Law Offices, PLC. We can assess your case to determine if you may be entitled to compensation for health-care bills, lost income and other damages.
Call 319-393-1020 to schedule a consultation with a Cedar Rapids accident attorney. You can also visit USAttorneys.com to learn more about injury lawsuits in Iowa.
Here are five vehicle maintenance tips that could save your life:
1. Inspect Your Vehicle’s Electrical System
A malfunctioning electrical system can be hazardous in certain vehicles. It may cause your car to stall while in traffic, which could lead to a crash with a distracted driver.
Alternatively, a dead battery could leave you stranded. This can be dangerous if your car breaks down on a busy highway. To avoid these scenarios, ask your mechanic to inspect your electrical system every time you take it to the shop.
2. Replace Your Wiper Blades
According to the American Automobile Association, the rubber on your windshield wipers will typically last six to 12 months. If you notice streaking or chattering when you use your blades, replace them immediately.
It is also important to check your windshield fluid reservoir on a regular basis. If it is empty or malfunctioning, then you may end up driving with low visibility.
3. Examine Your Tires
You should examine your tires for wear and tear regularly. If your tires do not have adequate tread, then you may lose traction on wet or icy roads. You should also maintain the tire pressure to reduce fuel consumption and ensure even wear of the tread.
4. Check Hoses and Belts
Rubber on hoses and belts will deteriorate over time. Look under your hood for frayed belts, as well as cracks or soft spots on pipes. Not maintaining your hoses and belts can cause you to break down in a precarious situation.
5. Check Fluids
You or your mechanic should regularly check brake, power steering, oil and transmission fluid levels. This, again, can help you avoid an unexpected breakdown.
If you were injured by a negligent motorist in Iowa, contact Eells & Tronvold Law Offices, PLC. A Cedar Rapids injury attorney can assess your case to determine if you may have grounds for a claim. Call 319-393-1020 to schedule a consultation.