What To Do If Your Brakes Fail

Car accidents are not always caused by negligent drivers, unsafe roadways or poor driving conditions. Sometimes, faulty brake systems are responsible for accidents where an otherwise law abiding driver wouldn’t have been injured.

At the first sign of brake failure, stay off the gas pedal. Your next step is to downshift. This brings the engine to a lower gear, which will make it safer to pull over. Try to move as close to the shoulder as possible. If other cars or people are near you, put on your hazards and start honking your horn to warn them. Your next step is to use the emergency brake, which may or may not work. Look for a “soft” spot to stop the car: An open field, a wooden fence, small shrubs, anything that would be safer than colliding with a person or a tree.

What causes brakes to fail? There may be low or no brake fluid, which means there is a leak in the line. There could also be problems with the drums, calipers, rotors or pads. It’s essential for an experienced auto mechanic to inspect and repair the brakes before putting the car back on the road.

Recalls on brake pads and parts, or manufacturer recalls for new cars, could be responsible for defective brake systems and brake failures that cause accidents and injuries. Contact a NC car accident attorney at 800.849.5931 to review your injury case. Our accident lawyers in Raleigh, Fayetteville and Dunn work with teams of paralegals who will research the parts in your vehicle as well as the history of anyone who has made repairs on your vehicle.
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