Losing control of a car is a horrifying experience. Loss of control is normally associated with loss of steering or braking. However another way this can happen is when a car accelerates unintentionally. This is especially deadly because a car may accelerate in situations that cause a lot of harm such as in a crowded parking lot. The most terrifying aspect of this type of accident is that the longer the uncontrolled acceleration persists, the more deadly the accident.
Causes Of Sudden Acceleration Car Accidents
This type of accident has two basic causes. It is either caused by the driver or is the result of a car malfunction. Drivers who are in an unfamiliar car may press the gas pedal instead of the brakes. Sometimes this happens out of panic, distraction, fatigue, confusion, or intoxication. If the person is wearing especially large footwear he may accidentally press the gas pedal while applying the brakes.
When the accelerator hangs up on a loose object or a sloppily placed floor mat, it is a form of driver negligence. If the throttle linkage under the hood of the car jams because of an object left there by an auto mechanic, it is also a form of negligence.
Many of these types of accidents are caused by a car defect. A number of car makes have had problems with malfunctioning electronics that unexpectedly caused the car to accelerate wildly. There have been a number of cases where sudden acceleration occurred from driver inputs that had nothing to do with acceleration such as using the brakes.
Avoiding Sudden Acceleration Car Accidents
- When driving an unfamiliar car, check the locations of the gas and brake pedals.
- Avoid wearing large and bulky boots or shoes.
- Keep the floor clear of loose objects and check the floor mat placement.
- Keep up with your car maintenance schedule.
- Never leave objects such as tools or a loose oil cap under the hood of your car.
- Thoroughly research the safety of any new car before purchasing.
- When a car suddenly accelerates, a well maintained brake should overpower the acceleration. Stop the car in a safe spot, then turn off the engine.
- Beware of turning off the engine while your car is moving because the steering will lock up.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a sudden acceleration car accident because of a defective car or the negligent actions of another person, get in touch with a Dana Point accident lawyer. You have the right to compensation from those responsible. Silverthorne Attorneys are ready to put their years of experience to work for you. Contact us today.