Automobile tie rod failure. Figure 1. Right rear tie rod. (Photo: C. Roberts)

Drivers frequently claim that their vehicle suddenly lurched to one side, resulting in an accident. On occasion, the cause may not be the fault of the driver. This case study illustrates that point. According to the insured, she was driving at the speed limit when suddenly her vehicle lurched to one side, causing a loss of control and striking a wall head-on.

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