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Injuries in a Brake Failure Accident
There is no good time for a brake failure to happen but, in the worst case scenarios, a car traveling at a high speed when the brakes give out can cause a head-on collision that can result in serious injury or even wrongful death.
Injuries in brake failure accidents include:
If you were in a car crash caused by brake failure, you must seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if you think that your injury was minor — or that you did not have one at all — be aware that many symptoms do not show up until much later.
Not only is your physical health at stake after a brake failure accident, but your financial health could be affected long into the future. You need to speak with a car accident attorney in St. Louis as soon as possible to protect your health, interests, and overall recovery process.
Brake Failure Product Liability
According to the National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey (NMVCCS), vehicle failures were the reason behind 44,000 auto accidents in the United States in one year alone, and 22% of these crashes were specifically attributed to brake-related problems.
When there is a brake-related error of any kind, typically the first step is to determine whether there was a product defect in the manufacturing or design of the vehicle. Visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s recall website to check if your vehicle has been the subject of a recall.
At the Hayden Law Firm, we see far too many big auto manufacturers put profits over people and rush a product to market without making sure it’s safe. We place our lives into the hands of car companies every day. These two-ton machines are capable of causing significant harm to ourselves or our loved ones. Mega-corporations should have a high standard of care when producing vehicles for millions of people and, if they are found to be negligent of this, they should be held accountable.
If your car suffered a failure and you suspect it was due to defective brakes, contact a product liability lawyer in St. Louis, MO, to file a claim against the auto manufacturer, distributor, or any other party in the product supply chain.
Proving Negligence in a Brake Failure Accident
Brake failure cases often come down to proving negligence on the part of a separate liable party; however, it can be challenging to determine exactly who is liable in the first place: the vehicle manufacturer, parts supplier, the auto repair garage in charge of servicing your vehicle, the other driver, etc.
Once you determine the liable party, it is even more difficult to prove negligence without the help of a skilled car accident attorney. The sooner you get us involved, the sooner we can begin gathering evidence on your behalf to support one or more of the following claims:
- A brake failure was the cause of your car crash
- The negligence or inaction of the liable party resulted in the unsafe condition of your brakes
- You suffered a physical, financial, or emotional loss as a result of the crash
- Your car had not significantly changed since when the liable party had the car last
- Your car had been properly inspected within a reasonable amount of time prior to the crash and any maintenance required was performed accordingly
- You were not aware of the brake defect prior to driving
- You could not have done anything to prevent the car crash when the brake system malfunctioned