When an individual gets in a car and begins driving, he or she usually pays little attention to the brakes. As drivers, we expect brakes to just work. Unfortunately, they do not always work as we expect when they are defective.
Defective brakes cause many auto accidents each year, many of which result in severe injury or even death. When an individual is unable to stop his or her car, he or she often has little choice but to crash into something to get the car stopped.
Sometimes drivers may even lose control of their vehicles when the brakes fail. Among the most common defects that drivers report include:
- Unresponsive or loose pedals, which make cars difficult to stop
- Faulty design that leads to excessive or premature brake pad and rotor wear
- Anti-lock brake failure, which may cause drivers to lose control of vehicles
These defects are often very dangerous. When a driver experiences a fault such as these, it is normal to panic. However, it is important to remain in control of the situation, as it may still be possible to stop the car despite the unresponsiveness of the brakes.
It is important to warn other drivers of your situation by turning on your hazard lights and honking. Sweep your foot underneath the brake pedal to feel around for any objects that may be preventing the pedal from depressing.
If nothing is there, pump on the brake pedal. This sometimes generates enough force to stop the car. If that does not work, try gently lifting the parking brake. This will usually stop a car. Though this may cause further damage to the automobile, it may also save your life.
Unfortunately, you may not have enough time to react to brake failure, and you may suffer a serious injury as a result. If you are injured, the Rhinelander brake defect attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C. will fight on your behalf.