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Car Accidents Caused by Brake Defects

Posted on October 11, 2017

Last summer, Volkswagen announced that it would be initiating a worldwide recall of around 770,000 vehicles due to a braking control system defect. According to representatives, the company detected a problem in the anti-lock brake systems, which will not function properly when drivers under-steer, over-steer, or suddenly hit the brakes. These types of defects put thousands of people at risk of serious injury and even death. Fortunately, companies that design, manufacture, or assemble defective car parts, including brake systems, can be held accountable for their negligence by compensating victims for their losses, so if you were injured in an accident resulting from a vehicle defect, it is critical to speak with an experienced auto accident attorney who can help you seek compensation for your losses.

Who is Liable?

Accidents caused by defective brakes occur at an alarming rate across the country. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that as many as 22 percent of all car crashes can be directly attributed to brake failure. In many cases, these accidents are the result of negligence on the part of the car’s owner who failed to properly maintain the brakes by replacing brake pads or taking the car in to be serviced. Unfortunately, even when drivers are careful to keep their vehicles in good condition, brake-related accidents can still occur if:

  • The design of the brake system itself was flawed;
  • The vehicle manufacturer used improper materials when assembling the vehicle; or
  • A mechanic negligently conducted an inspection or failed to complete a repair.

Manufacturers are required to use reasonable care when designing and assembling vehicles and when they fail to to do so, can be held liable for damages, which could include compensation for:

  • Past and future medical bills;
  • Lost wages incurred while the injured party was recuperating;
  • Property damage, such as vehicle repair or replacement;
  • Loss of future income, if the victim is injured so severely that he or she is permanently disabled and forced to accept lower paying work; and
  • Pain and suffering endured by the victim.

Collecting these types of damages can be crucial to an injured party’s recovery, so if you were involved in a car accident, please contact a member of our legal team for a free case evaluation.

Call an Experienced Car Accident Attorney Today

To speak with a dedicated car accident lawyer about your own accident, please contact Charles Bryan Alred, PC at 918-745-9960. We are available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.