ATLANTA, April 17, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Whenever rubber meets the road, it's best to be sure that every steering
component on your vehicle is going to work as it's intended to. This is especially true for tires, which far too many motorists view as a nearly maintenance-free component of their vehicles. Do they look a little deflated? Add some air (32 pounds per square inch, by the way) and off we go, right? Wrong, and the legal experts at Monge & Associates are taking time out to encourage drivers to give their wheels a closer inspection as soon as possible. Think of it as an extension of the spring cleaning tasks you'll be doing around the house and you just might save a life in the process.
According to a late 2017 article from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a 49-year-old Georgia woman was killed when a tire from another vehicle "flew off" and landed on the woman's windshield. While the driver of that vehicle expressed remorse, he also noted in an interview with local media that he was "not driving fast." The thing is, speed isn't the only contributing factor and police investigators told the newspaper that a "mechanical failure" was to blame. This tragic incident could have been avoided entirely, and the law experts at Monge & Associates want to offer inspection tips you can do in your own driveway.
"While what's under the hood varies greatly, automobile tires all share the same general installation and maintenance methods," says Scott Monge, attorney at law. Here are some of his suggestions on what to keep an eye out for this spring.
- Tread Depth: A worn-out tire can dramatically decrease handling performance during those "April showers." Any part of the tire that is smooth to the touch means alignment is likely off. A tire shop or mechanic should address this aspect. However, checking tread depth can be done with a penny. Insert the coin upside down into the treads on your tire; it's time to replace them if all of Abraham Lincoln's head is showing.
- Bolts: Four bolts typically secure the wheel rim to the rotor. These bolts can come loose over time if not properly tightened. Without these bolts holding the wheel in place, it can come off and cause an accident similar to the one mentioned above.
- Fluid Check: Power steering fluid rarely needs topping off, but popping the hood and taking a peek is a straightforward process. To inspect the fluid reservoir, warm your vehicle up and turn the steering wheel from end to end. Then remove the reservoir cap, inspect the level on the dipstick and top off with the correct power steering fluid if necessary. Refer to your owner's manual to determine the type of fluid to use.
Monge & Associates specializes in handling auto accident cases. Scott Monge says that retaining a law firm in the wake of an accident is the only way to secure evidence that can -- and will -- disappear in the coming days and weeks.
About Monge & Associates: Monge & Associates, located in Atlanta, Georgia, can assist clients recovering from auto accidents, slip-and-fall injuries, nursing home neglect, workers' compensation cases and much more. For more information, contact Scott Monge, attorney at law by calling 800-676-4878 (HURT) or email info(at)monge.lawyer.
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