Every vehicle relies on some form of braking system to slow down or stop when needed. Without functional and reliable brakes, drivers and passengers have a high risk of being involved in an accident with serious injuries. It is therefore important to have your vehicle’s brakes checked on a regular basis to ensure that they are in good working order. Sometimes, however, brakes will suddenly malfunction without warning, leaving you vulnerable to a collision.
Why Brakes Fail
A vehicle’s brake system can malfunction if it is poorly maintained or defective.Brake defects can make it more difficult to brake in time or may cause the brakes to fail altogether. Some common sources of brake failure include:
- Worn brake pads
- Improperly installed brake parts
- Leaking brake lines
- Rusted brake lines
- Defective pads, rotors, shoes, or drums
Any of these brake problems can lead to brake failure if not addressed immediately. If you have been in an accident caused by a brake defect, someone else may be liable for your crash. The brake manufacturer or a mechanic may be responsible for creating the hazardous conditions that caused your brakes to malfunction. Our Delaware car accident lawyers are prepared to help you recover the compensation that you deserve from the responsible party, including payment for medical bills, lost wages from time off of work, repair costs, recovery expenses, and pain and suffering.