CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -Would mandatory state vehicle inspections have found the problem with the brakes on a car that caused an accident in Euclid that led to the severe injuries suffered by Margaret Hardaway?
Hardaway was standing on the corner of Euclid and E. 260th Street when an out of control car, reportedly with no brakes, careened down Richmond Road, in the wrong lane, ran a red light and smashed into a truck on Euclid.
The impact forced the cars off the road into Hardaway, who was hit and suffered multiple broken bones and has already been through three surgeries.
“If we had a state inspection where they did an actual inspection of the whole vehicle, we might have less unsafe vehicles on the road,” said Vanessa Kirk, the co-owner of One Stop Auto Repair in downtown Cleveland.
We’ll never really know the answer to the question if a state inspection would have caught the problem with the brakes on the car involved in the accident, but Kirk is convinced that the roads would be safer if inspections were required.
“They might have really good tread on their tires but the tires are dry rotted and they don’t know that because they don’t look at it and realize dry rot can blow a tire out,” Kirk said.
Sixteen states across the country require some type of vehicle inspection, some require an inspection once a year, other require an inspection every 2 years.
The inspections vary state to state but for the most part include visual inspection of the brakes, brake lines, fuel system, tires, mirrors, wipers and lights and can cost anywhere from $20.00 to $50.00.