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What If My Venice Accident Was Caused By Poor Vehicle Maintenance?

Venice is known for its car culture thanks to the amazing car museum at Ideal Classic Cars and the Antique Automobile Club of Venice. It’s not unusual to see fully restored antique vehicles like Chevy Camaros and Plymouth ‘Cudas driving around the city. Unfortunately, not every Venice driver takes automobile maintenance as seriously. Florida is one of the few states that does not require a mandatory vehicle inspection or auto emission or safety tests. So poor auto maintenance is a serious risk factor on Florida roads.

How Does Poor Vehicle Maintenance Impact Road Safety?

Getting routine oil changes, tire rotations, and tune-ups helps your car run correctly. When a car isn’t properly maintained there are higher chances of a mechanical malfunction. Here are some common examples:

● Tires: When the tread or air pressure is low, tires are at risk of bursting which can cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle. Further, the burst tire itself then becomes a road hazard. Furthermore, vehicles are harder to steer and maneuver when tires are improperly maintained because the tires have less grip on the road. This can lead to problems like the inability to steer away to avoid a collision in time.

● Brakes: Brakes are the most important safety feature on your vehicle. Maintaining your brake pads and fluids ensures they are in good working order. When they are not, cars cannot stop which leads to accidents.

● Lights: Headlights, taillights, turn signals, and brake lights are all essential to communicating your presence and intent with other drivers, especially at night. When lights are broken or faulty, it can lead to miscommunications with other drivers. Further, other drivers may not see you at all.

● Fluids: Fluids like oil, power steering, and gas are all essential to the functioning of a vehicle. When fluids run low, it creates hazards for drivers. Even the fluids that seem innocuous need to be maintained regularly. For example, if a car runs out of windshield washer fluid and your windshield gets sprayed with dirt, you won’t be able to see. This could easily lead to an accident.

● Steering System: The steering system on vehicles is pretty complicated, especially on four-wheel drive cars. As a result, a lot can malfunction from bearings to the steering rack to the tie rods. These can all make it harder to steer your vehicle properly which can lead to accidents.

Although the state of Florida does not require vehicle inspections, they do have legal vehicle standards. You can read about these on the State of Florida website. Maintaining these vehicle safety standards will not only help you prevent accidents, but they will also keep you in compliance with state laws.

Who Is Liable If Poor Vehicle Maintenance Caused The Accident

When you are in an accident caused by poor vehicle maintenance, the driver of the vehicle is usually liable. However, if the driver has a good maintenance record on their vehicle, the at-fault party might be their mechanic. If a mechanic improperly repairs a vehicle and that improper repair caused the accident they would be liable. In that case, you would pursue a claim against the mechanic. Further, if the vehicle was properly maintained and it still malfunctioned, it may be the fault of the vehicle or vehicle part manufacturer. In any of these cases, you’ll need the help of a skilled auto accident attorney.

Our Venice team at Justice Pays, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh have got your back! We’ve helped over 10,000 Florida auto accident victims recover nearly $500 million in damages. No matter who is at fault for your accident, we will fight for your right to a fair settlement. Contact us on our website for your free case review.

During his time as a public attorney for the State of Florida, Bernard Walsh developed a passion for defending the legal rights of Florida's citizens. Having seen many people being taken advantage of after being injured and the financial harm that can cause for families he committed himself fully to helping injured clients get justice, by fighting to make greedy insurance companies pay what they owe.

What If My Venice Accident Was Caused By Poor Vehicle Maintenance?

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