The average age of vehicles on the road is increasing, which is understandable. Florida residents have plenty of good reasons to hold on their current vehicle; it can probably serve them for 15 years and, in some cases, run for 300,000 miles. By contrast, new cars can be expensive. They can come with so many safety features and electronics that something as simple as a bumper replacement winds up costing $1,000.
However, drivers of older vehicles tend to neglect routine maintenance. It’s true that tires and other parts can be expensive no matter a vehicle’s age, but if drivers continue to neglect this, they may find themselves in a crash because of defective equipment.
The Ohio Highway Patrol recently analyzed the defect-related crashes that occurred in the state in the past three years, and data showed that 56% were the fault of drivers in a 1999-2008 model year vehicle. In 24% of cases, it was a defect in a 2009-2018 model year vehicle that caused the crash. The most common factors were tire blowouts and brake failure. Blown tires were behind 42% of fatal defect-related accidents.
The Columbus-based Ohio Insurance Institute noted that the average age of vehicles went from 9.6 years in 2002 to 11.8 years in 2020. Crash risk may only increase in the future.
Car collisions that involve bad tires or other defective equipment that the driver should have reasonably known about can form the basis for an injury claim. Florida is a no-fault state, but those who were injured to such an extent that their losses cannot be covered by personal injury protection may file a third-party insurance claim. They may want a lawyer to help them, especially when it comes to gathering proof of the defendant’s negligence.