If you wanted to make a list of ways that people could negligently contribute to a motor vehicle collision, you might include such common and dangerous decisions as getting behind the wheel after drinking, responding to a text message while driving, posting to social media or driving at very high speeds, especially late at night or during times of inclement weather.
What you might not adequately consider is how someone’s maintenance of the vehicle could play a role in what happens on the road. Many times, inadequate vehicle maintenance is one of a combination of factors that causes a crash that leaves someone dealing with expensive property damage or substantial personal injuries.
Brakes, tires and visibility factors can all contribute to crashes
As you would probably guess, the maintenance of the brakes on a vehicle can have a major impact on the likelihood of the driver avoiding a crash or causing one. Similarly, the amount of tread someone has on their tires and whether they adjust their driving to reflect the condition of their tires can directly contribute to the circumstances of a crash.
What people often don’t think of as carefully is how visibility is also a concern. Failing to repair a cracked windshield, not clearing dirt or precipitation from windows and even hanging items from the rearview mirror or over any of the windows could result in a driver failing to adequately monitor their surroundings, possibly causing a crash.
Other mechanical issues, ranging from engine failure to problems with the shocks or struts could also contribute to issues with maintaining control over the vehicle, safely maneuvering and maintaining control of the vehicle in unexpected circumstances.
Police should consider vehicle maintenance when allocating responsibility
There are many different factors that influence who is ultimately responsible for a crash in Connecticut. Police should look carefully at the situation, including the condition of the vehicles, before they attempted to assign responsibility to either party involved in the crash.
If you worry that police did not or will not take adequate note about the condition of the other vehicle, such as its bald tires or the numerous items blocking the driver’s line of view, you might want to take photographs with your mobile phone that can help validate your concerns later and possibly even provide grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against a driver whose negligent maintenance of the vehicle directly contributed to the crash.