Car Accidents Caused by Bad Brakes
If your brakes fail, the repercussions can be severe. This is because many motorists only discover that their bad brakes have failed when they are on a busy roadway or interstate. At this point, if the brakes fail, a driver may wind up suffering a horrific injury in a car wreck.
If you were injured in a car accident caused by faulty brakes, you may have possible claims against the manufacturer of the car or the shop that installed the brakes.
What Constitutes Bad Brakes?
Bad brakes can result from either defects in the design of the brake and vehicle or when there is improper manufacturing or maintenance of the brakes. When bad brakes fail due to a design flaw, it means that a whole range of vehicles have the brake defects and will need to be recalled.
Examples of design flaws include:
- Cracked calipers;
- Anti Lock brake system failure;
- Defective parking brake;
- Leaking hydraulic lines.
Design defects happen for two major reasons. The first is when manufacturers try to cut corners in acquiring parts for the brakes. They could acquire low-quality parts or reuse worn out parts. Design defects also happen when manufacturers fail to carry out proper tests on the effectiveness of their brakes. Improper manufacturing also causes bad brakes. This happens when the manufacturer fails to install some important parts of the brake system. It can also happen when a mechanic neglects to install an important part of the brake system during repairs.
Examples of improper manufacturing include:
- Improperly installed discs;
- Improperly installed hydraulics.
How do Bad Brakes Cause Car Accidents?
Bad brakes can cause accidents in a number of ways. For instance, a bad brake might be unable to stop a moving vehicle, leading to collision with another vehicle or a stationary object. A bad brake can also cause a roll over when the driver tries to suddenly pull the vehicle over in panic at the failure of the brakes.
A bad brake can also suddenly stop the vehicle when the driver does not intend it to. This can be quite dangerous on a high speed highway because it increases the chance of collision with other vehicles.
How to Identify Bad Brakes
Brakes, like other pieces of equipment, experience wear and tear, and you might need to replace them from time to time. However, if you discover that you are replacing your brake parts – like the disc or hydraulics – every month; this is a tell-tale sign of a bad brake. You should also try to stay up to date about brake recalls from manufacturers, especially in cases of design and manufacturing flaws.
Determining Liability in a Car Accident Caused by Faulty Brakes
If you have a bad brake, you can file a product liability cause of action. This cause of action is used to hold manufacturers liable for creating defective products at consumer expense. When it comes to bad brakes, there is a broad spectrum of people you can hold liable. Some of them include:
- Manufacturer: The manufacturer is usually the first liable party when it comes to bad brakes. This is especially true in cases of design flaws.
- Mechanic: You can also hold your car mechanic liable if your brake becomes bad after you take it to them for repairs.
- Car dealership: This also includes your used car dealership.
- Anyone in the line of product distribution.
Have Questions About Your Legal Rights? Contact a Houston Auto Accident Attorney
If you or a family member suffered a serious injury in a car wreck caused by faulty or defective brakes and have questions about your legal rights, take action now. Contact Michael P. Fleming & Associates, P.C. to schedule a free, confidential case review.