Many of the accidents our DC car accident lawyers see are due to improper vehicle maintenance. Most drivers are responsible when it comes to changing the oil and checking the tires. However, there are some smaller aspects of maintenance that can make a big difference when it comes to road safety. The one we address here is: windshield wiper replacement.
Our Washington DC car accident lawyers have handled many cases in which people are injured as a result of a driver losing control of the car due to inclement weather. While we are all aware– especially in winter months– that weather affects driving safety, we may not be taking all of the necessary precautions we can to reduce accidents resulting from snow and rain. Checking and replacing windshield wiper blades is a quick and simple act that can keep us from seriously injuring ourselves or others on the road. If you are in an accident due to limited visibility, and your windshield wipers malfunction due to improper care, you may be found at fault, especially if you are the owner of the vehicle or responsible for the vehicle’s upkeep. If this happens to the driver of a company vehicle, this can lead to a serious work-related injury, as many workers compensation lawyers in Palm Beach and work injury lawyers in Elizabeth NJ can attest. Nobody, not the company’s insurance provider, the company, the employee driver, etc wants this happen especially when such an easy fix is an option.
Haven’t had your wipers checked in a while? With this year’s winter storms and heavy spring rains along the east coast, this is the perfect time to do so. How often should you change your wiper blades? It depends on your location and the season. Hot summer sun exposure can affect the rubber of the wiper blade. Grit and salt from winter road treatment may also cause the blades to disintegrate. These rules apply even if you do not have to use your wipers often. And, note that if you live in the Washington DC metro area, it may be best to check your blades every 6 months for wear and tear, but to fully replace them once a year.
Checking and changing your wiper blades is a simple and easy process. However, if you prefer, you can ask a professional to do this the next time you have your oil changed. If you wish to do it on your own, follow the instructions provided in your car owner’s manual, or speak to your mechanic about the best technique for your vehicle. For more information on car accident safety, we invite you to look around our website, and, if you have been injured, contact Cohen & Cohen PC for a free case evaluation.