Owners of older vehicles in Florida will want to be doubly sure that they are not neglecting the maintenance of their vehicle. To fail in providing routine maintenance will only increase the chances of a crash due to defective equipment in the vehicle.

The Ohio Highway Patrol has found that, at least in their state, the majority of defect-related crashes are caused by older vehicles. In particular, 56% of defect-related crashes that arose in the past three years were the fault of vehicles made between 1999 and 2008. Vehicles with a model year between 2009 and 2018 accounted for 24% of the crashes.

Ohio HP noted that the two leading factors in defect-related crashes were brake failure and tire blowouts. The latter were responsible for 42% of fatal defect-related crashes, too.

The numbers may only increase because the average age of vehicles is going up. The Ohio Insurance Institute puts the 2020 average at 11.8 years, which is up from 9.6 years in 2002.

Understandably, fewer people are purchasing new vehicles. Finances have a part to play as newer cars are expensive. Maintaining them is also costly because of the numerous cameras, sensors and other electronics they come with. The average car can last up to 15 years and run for 300,000 miles, provided that it’s well-maintained.

Many motor vehicle accidents caused by defective equipment become the subject of personal injury claims. Though Florida is a no-fault state, victims who suffer severe injuries and cannot have their losses covered by personal injury protection may be able to file a third-party insurance claim. They may want to consult with a lawyer beforehand, though. If retained, the lawyer may bring in investigators and medical experts to gather proof of negligence and to determine the extent of victims’ injuries.