While the DIY buff may have a garage full of chainsaws and other potentially lethal power tools, the most dangerous thing they own is their car. That is the one possession that is most likely to harm others. If they are too busy installing new shelves or remodeling the house, they may forget to keep up with their car maintenance schedule. That could prove dangerous.
What regular maintenance do people need to do to cars?
Owners need to replace parts before they wear out and keep fluids topped off to ensure that their car is safe for the road. Specific items any automobile owner should check include:
- Turn signals: If another motorist has even surprised you by turning left without indicating that they planned to do so, then you likely know the importance of letting others know your intentions. Drivers should test all lights at least once a week to ensure no bulbs have blown or connections have come loose.
- Brake fluid: Many motorists have no idea where to find their vehicle’s brake fluid reservoir. While it lasts a long time and needs little maintenance, it’s crucial to change it at the intervals the manufacturer specifies. Brake fluid degrades with time and use. A deterioration in its quality may make it take longer for you to stop.
- Tires: Have you taken a look at the sole of your shoes after you slipped and noticed how worn down they are? A worn sole can cause you to suffer injuries. Your worn tires can injure both you and others.
If another vehicle crashes into you and injures you, then take a good look at it. Take photos at the accident site if you can. If the other driver did not maintain their car, it might be one reason for the collision.
An attorney may advise you how Georgia law allows you to recover compensation for injuries attributable to a motorist’s negligence in situations like this.