Causes of Car Accidents: Faulty Equipment in Virginia

American motorists have a right to expect that the vehicles they buy, rent, or lease are designed and manufactured to perform as they should, and in most cases, they do. However, when faulty automobile equipment malfunctions, it can have disastrous consequences for vehicle occupants.

Tires that blow out can cause vehicles to veer out of control. Brakes that fail can result in serious collisions with high impact and catastrophic injuries. Air bags that deploy unnecessarily while a motorist is traveling a high speeds in heavy traffic can cause serious injuries or death.

If you have been injured in an accident caused by faulty equipment, your best course of action is to consult with an experienced car accident lawyer. At Marks & Harrison, our practice is focused on helping injured victims. You can have confidence that our dedicated legal team has the knowledge, skills, and experience to aggressively pursue full and fair compensation for your injuries.

Types of Vehicle Equipment Failure reports that, with the exception of recent light truck Firestone tire failures, equipment failures account for only 5% of all traffic crashes. However, with 121,763 traffic accidents in 2013 in Virginia alone, as reported by the Virginia Highway Safety Office, and 5,687,000 traffic crashes nationwide, as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 5% is not an insignificant number. Based on those statistics, 284,350 traffic accidents were caused by faulty equipment in the U.S. in 2013.

Minimum safety standards are in place for the design and engineering of motor vehicles. Extensive research and development and computer technology have combined to produce much safer vehicles, according to When vehicle equipment does fail, the most frequently reported problems are loss of brakes, tire tread separation or blowout, and steering or suspension failure.

In its National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey Report to Congress, NHTSA cited failure of the tire or wheel as the most frequent cause of accidents resulting from equipment failure, and failure of the braking system as the second most frequent cause of crashes. Many large commercial truck crashes have been attributed to failure of the truck’s tires or brakes.

Legal Help for Victims of Accidents Caused by Faulty Equipment

If you have been injured in an automobile accident caused by equipment failure, we invite you to receive a free case consultation at no obligation with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney with our firm. Whether the equipment failure occurred in your own vehicle or another vehicle involved in the crash, you may be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries.

At Marks & Harrison, we believe that when faulty motor vehicle equipment malfunctions, causing accidents and injuries, responsible parties should be held accountable and injured victims are entitled to full and fair compensation. Our firm was established in 1911, and our lawyers have been standing up to insurance companies, successfully representing automobile accident victims for many years. Contact us today. You can rest assured that your case is in good hands with our firm.