When motor vehicles suffer mechanical failures on the road, serious auto accidents often result. Most crashes in Nevada are caused by human error. However, sometimes vehicle parts or systems fail, impairing drivers’ ability to operate their vehicles and potentially resulting in motor vehicle collisions.

Common Mechanical Errors in Vehicles

Mechanical failures can increase the risk of getting into an accident for drivers. Some of the most common mechanical errors occurring in vehicles are tire or wheel failures, bad brakes, and steering or suspension problems. Such failures may be the result of normal wear and tear, inadequate vehicle service or maintenance, or design or manufacturing defects.

Tire or Wheel Failures

Tire problems, including blowouts, worn treads, cupping, and bulges or blisters in the sidewall, can make it difficult for drivers to maintain control of their vehicles or cause them to lose control entirely. Additionally, worn or otherwise compromised tires may have a weaker grip on the road, making them more likely to slip and less responsive, increasing the distance needed to stop. Of the accidents attributed to vehicle failures, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 35% were caused by tire problems.

Bad Brakes

Brake problems that may result in auto accidents include Anti-Lock Brake System malfunctions, worn or faulty brake lines, and failing to replace worn brake pads. According to the NHTSA, brake-related problems accounted for 22% of all vehicle failure-related collisions. When brakes are not in working condition or otherwise fail, drivers may be unable to slow or stop in time to avoid hitting other vehicles that unexpectedly pull in front of them, and potentially causing rear-end collisions.

Steering and Suspension Problems

Steering wheels that are not functioning properly may lock up or cause vehicles to drift or pull to one side. Steering wheel or suspension system failures can decrease the steering stability of vehicles, thus impairing drivers’ control and increasing their risk of getting into accidents that may result in serious injuries or death for them, their passengers, or the occupants of other vehicles.

Who is Liable for Mechanical Error Crashes?

The drivers of vehicles that suffer mechanical failures which result in crashes are not always liable for the associated damages. Depending on the cause for the mechanical breakdown, vehicle manufacturers, parts manufacturers, and even mechanics who worked on the vehicles prior to their failures may be held financially responsible.