Many drivers may take them for granted, but properly operating brakes are critical to safe driving. Whether it’s an emergency stop or everyday use, your brakes must protect you. To do that, they need to be maintained.
You could be entitled to compensation if you’re injured in a crash because of bad brakes. You’ll need the help of an experience Chicago auto accident attorney like Jared Staver to identify the liable parties.
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Like any mechanical system, brakes need maintenance to function correctly. Worn brake pads provide less friction to stop the car, which is a common reason brakes stop working effectively. There are several reasons your brakes could fail.
Rotors are metal discs that slow down the wheels. These discs can be damaged or warped. If they aren’t in good shape, they’ll impact brake effectiveness.
The brakes wear down over time and require maintenance and replacement.
Besides worn brake pads, additional factors can contribute to a system malfunction. Some are more common issues than others.
Brake systems use hydraulic pressure. Stepping on the brake pedal applies pressure to the hydraulics to squeeze the brakes on the wheel. Leaks in the brake line cause low pressure, meaning less stopping power.
Your lines could also be blocked, meaning the pressure isn’t reaching the brakes.
A brake booster is a device that increases pressure on a brake pad. A broken or worn brake booster will not function optimally, meaning it won’t stop a car properly. That increases the risk of accidents.
Car systems are designed to work within a range of temperatures. Whenever a part is exposed to heat for too long, it could get damaged. The system could fail if a brake pad isn’t properly installed or cooled.
Vehicles have limits for their operation. If you aren’t running your car within those limits, you could damage its parts. Putting too much weight in a car for extended amounts of time could damage the brakes.
You’re risking an accident whenever you have to use more force on the brakes to stop your vehicle. You could have damaged your vehicle’s systems, increasing the risk of an accident.
Car and truck accidents can happen for several reasons. There could be signs a mechanical failure caused a crash. Vehicles are designed with warning systems, but there might be signs a sensor can’t detect.
Have a mechanic inspect your vehicle immediately if you notice any of these signs before a crash. If they can find defects in your brake system, you could be able to file a claim.
An insurance company will likely blame the driver with failed brakes for an auto accident. Although drivers should often have their vehicles inspected for possible failures, parties still share liability for a crash.
If you’ve identified liable parties in your case, they will likely push back against your claim in ways like:
You’ll need evidence to prove your case. Getting information after the car crash might be difficult, but it could be the proof you need to clinch a victory.
You’ll need to examine every possible angle to prove someone is responsible for your crash. After the incident, take your car to a trusted mechanic for an inspection. They can determine if failed brakes could have contributed to the crash.
If a brake failure did help cause the crash, a mechanic can also identify where the failure happened. If a brake pad was defective, you can pursue a claim with the manufacturer.
Eyewitness accounts might not be perfect, but they can help show what happened before a crash. Photographs or videos of the scene are effective in documenting the crash.
In Illinois, you must report the crash to law enforcement if it caused more than $1,500 in damages. If the crash is severe enough, it’s likely someone already called the authorities. Any police on the scene will have recorded what they saw. You can request a copy of that report, which could help prove someone else’s negligent behavior led to your crash.
An expert witness can support your claim. They’re knowledgeable in the subject area at hand. If you’re working on proving a faulty brake caused your crash, you could use a mechanic or instructor to explain the defect and how it caused the crash.
While trying to recover from a crash physically, you may be looking at a claim to recover financially. In Illinois, you could pursue economic or non-economic damages.
Economic damages are monetary items like medical bills or car repairs. Non-economic damages are typically more conceptual in nature. You could pursue damages for disfigurement, lost income, or loss of consortium. An attorney can explain these concepts and help you calculate your claim’s worth.
If you’ve been in a crash caused by an issue with your brake system, you could pursue a claim against those responsible. A defective brake system could mean someone shares the fault for a crash that injured you. Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. can help you pursue full compensation.
We’ve helped other Chicago drivers recover millions in claims, and we’ll be able to work with you on your case. We can gather evidence, identify liable parties, and negotiate with insurance companies or defendants.
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