A car can last some 15 years and run for up to 300,000 miles, so it’s not surprising that more and more drivers are choosing to keep their older vehicles and not upgrade. Besides, purchasing and maintaining a newer vehicle, with its sensors and other electronics, can be expensive. Ohio drivers should be aware, though, that those with older cars tend to be less vigilant when it comes to maintenance.

This is important to remember because the average age of vehicles is going up. Vehicles in Ohio, for example, are an average of 11.8 years old whereas they were 9.6 years old in 2002. Poorly maintained vehicles develop defects, and these can make an accident more likely.

Again looking at the state of Ohio, the Ohio Highway Patrol analyzed the past three years’ worth of defect-related crashes and found that 56% were caused by vehicles with a model year between 1999 and 2008. Those made from 2009 to 2018 were to blame for 24% of the crashes.

Tire blowouts and brake failure were behind the majority of these crashes. Many were fatal; in fact, blown tires contributed to 42% of the fatal crashes. Troopers emphasize that most of these incidents could have been prevented if owners had any vehicle issues fixed the moment they arose.

There are many issues, such as bad brakes and tires, that vehicle owners can reasonably be aware of. If they fail to address them in a timely manner and cause auto accidents on account of them, then they may be held liable for the losses incurred on the other side. Victims, for their part, may want a lawyer by their side as they strive for a settlement with the insurance companies. The lawyer may bring in investigators and other third-party experts to assist.