Brake systems in vehicles are complex, involving parts such as discs, rotors, calipers, and hydraulic lines that must all work together properly in order for the brakes to function and stop the vehicle safely. Design defects, improper installation, and faulty manufacturing of any part of the brake system can cause brakes to fail resulting in devastating auto accidents.
Brake System Defects
Leaking hydraulic lines, brakes that overheat, discs that are not properly installed, and calipers that crack are just a few potential brake system defects.
When a brake system fails, you may lose all braking power and be unable to stop or slow down the vehicle. Brakes can become “mushy,” giving you partial braking power but failing to slow or stop the vehicle quickly enough to avoid an accident. Brakes can grab, causing the vehicle to suddenly jerk to a stop unexpectedly. Defective brakes can also pull to one side, causing you to go off the road, into oncoming traffic, or in some cases, causing a rollover accident.
Defective brake systems can fail suddenly with no warning. For instance, an improperly installed hydraulic line can function just fine, providing good braking until it suddenly comes loose and all pressure is lost. Often the driver has no idea that the brakes are compromised until he or she tries to use them at high speeds.
Auto accidents caused by brake system failure can be catastrophic or deadly.
Experienced Defective Auto Lawyers
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in an auto accident caused by defective brake systems, the attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers can help you receive compensation for your damages. We have handled many defective auto claims, and we have the experience needed to protect your rights in court. Our lawyers will work with vehicle design experts to prove that your injuries were caused by the negligent actions of the auto manufacturer.