When you are driving down the road and need to suddenly come to a stop, you rely on your brakes to safely slow your car to avoid whatever obstacle is ahead. Brakes are one of the most essential components needed for a car to operate safely. When brakes fail to operate because they are old or malfunction, they put the driver and others in danger of a severe accident. A car that is unable to stop could cause a devastating collision that costs thousands of dollars in injuries and damages and inflicts lasting physical and emotional injury on the crash victims.
When a car collision occurs because of failed brakes, everyone involved will blame the accident on the driver who caused the collision. However, the driver may not be at fault for failed brakes. The problem may have been something that he or she could not have foreseen and may instead be the fault of someone else.
Brakes typically operate reliably but could suddenly fail if the parts are defective, the road is slick, or the brakes were improperly installed. In these situations, the driver with the failed brakes should consider contacting a personal injury lawyer for assistance with filing a claim for compensation.
A personal injury attorney can help you identify who may be responsible for an accident caused by failed brakes. Your lawyer can have your car inspected by professionals to see if the brake parts were defective. If so, the parts manufacturer may be responsible. If a road spill or road debris from construction caused the brakes to fail, the construction crew that caused the spill and failed to clean it up properly may be held liable for your accident. Likewise, if a mechanic installs your brakes improperly or fails to notice an old part that needs to be replaced, he or she may be legally responsible for the crash.
If you have been in an accident caused by failed brakes, someone may be liable for your collision and you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages. For sound legal advice and assistance on brake failure accidents and injury liability, please contact the Sheboygan car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874.