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Defective Windshield Wipers Can Cause Serious Accidents

January 30, 2016

Windshield wipers may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the possible causes of car accidents. However, windshield wipers are vital to the safety of drivers, and when they do not work properly, accidents are more likely to occur. Defective windshield wipers present a tremendous danger to all road users, and defects occur more often than many realize.

The Atlanta personal injury attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, are dedicated to assisting injured car accident victims. Our firm has helped a number of accident victims injured due to defective automobile parts. We offer dedicated representation across Georgia and in the Southeast.

Poor Weather Conditions and Malfunctioning Windshield Wipers Present a Hazard

Heavy rain, wind, or snow all require properly functioning windshield wipers. You can lose visibility quickly if you are caught in a rain or snow storm, potentially causing you to veer off the road or into another vehicle. Windshield wipers are simply essential to your safety. You should take steps to ensure your wipers are working, including regular maintenance and changing out of wiper blades. At times, however, accidents occur due to a defect within the windshield wipers themselves.

Windshield Wiper Recalls

In recent years, there have been a number of vehicles recalled due to faulty windshield wipers. In September of last year, over 400,000 RAV4 SUVs were recalled after it was found that water dripping onto the windshield wiper link could, overtime, corrode and wear at the link, potentially leading to separation. If separation occurs, the windshield wiper will not operate, raising the risk of an accident. Toyota replaced the entire windshield wiper system in the affected vehicles.

Toyota is far from the only automaker to have experienced wiper defects. Just last month, GM warned the owners of several of its SUVs not to use their wipers because an electrical short within the system could cause the wipers to catch fire, rending them inoperable and creating a dangerous situation.

Possible signs of a windshield wiper defect include rapid deterioration of the rubber, uneven sweeping across the window, wipers that work intermittently or fail entirely, splitting rubber, streaking, and chattering, which can occur when the wiper blade is not set within the frame correctly.

If you have been injured in an accident potentially involving a defective windshield wiper, contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Your lawyer will investigate the vehicle to uncover any defects that lead to the crash and potentially pursue a claim in order to hold the manufacturer accountable.

Contact Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation!

If you or a loved one has been injured, you should be eligible to seek compensation from the party responsible for the accident. The Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, represent accident victims across Georgia and in the Southeast. Our firm has over 38 years of experience and is committed to providing zealous representation to each injured client. The sooner you act after your accident, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible.

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Category: Auto Accidents

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