In Texas and around the country, vehicles 10 years old and older were responsible for the majority of crashes involving a vehicle defect. The primary cause of most of these accidents is a lack of vehicle maintenance with brake failure and tire blowouts being the most common issues. With a little routine maintenance, most of these unfortunate accidents could have been prevented.
According to the Ohio Insurance Institute, the average age of vehicles on the road today is 11.8 years, which could be a huge factor in the cause of most car accident rates. This is the highest that number has been in documented history, and it continues to climb. Most car owners are driving their vehicles longer and not purchasing new cars as often. Many cars are capable of lasting up to 300,000 miles, and some drivers are keeping them that long.
Making matters worse, some vehicle owners are not maintaining their cars properly, and those older automobiles are more prone to causing an accident. It is more expensive to repair faulty electronic programs that come with most cars today, and car part pricing has risen significantly over the past decade.
In addition to increasing repair and maintenance costs, ownership and financing of automobiles has increased. AAA estimates that it costs $9,282 in current annual ownership fees for vehicles in the United States between maintenance, repairs and finance costs.
For those who have been involved in a car accident, the cause of the crash could have been faulty performance or poor maintenance issues. This is especially true if the car that caused the accident was older. Before settling any financial agreements with an insurance company, it may be a good idea for the injured party to consult with a personal injury attorney to determine what damages they are entitled to.