California drivers may be hesitant about buying a new car. Their current one, after all, may run just fine for 15 or more years and 300,000 miles. As for newer cars, these can be expensive. Because of the sensors and other electronics on these cars, a job as simple as a bumper replacement could cost upwards of a thousand dollars.
However, it is well-known that the owners of older vehicles are more likely to neglect routine maintenance. This can lead to vehicles having defective equipment like bad brakes and bald tires. The risk for a crash, then, increases.
This connection can be seen in the state of Ohio. According to the Ohio Insurance Institute, the average age of vehicles there is 11.8 years, which is up from 9.6 years in 2002. The Ohio Highway Patrol, analyzing defect-related crashes that occurred there in the past three years, found that 56% were caused by model year 1999-2008 vehicles. Vehicles made between 2009 and 2018 were to blame for 24% of the crashes.
Blown tires and bad brakes were the leading cause of defect-related crashes, the Ohio HP said. Forty-two percent of these crashes that ended in death were the result of blown tires. Drivers should therefore be prompt in having any issues with their car repaired.
There are many vehicle defects that drivers can reasonably become aware of. If they had enough time to fix a defect yet failed to, then they may be held liable for any motor vehicle accidents they cause. Victims, for their part, may want a lawyer to help them gather evidence against the defendant and negotiate for a fair settlement that covers medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.