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Brake Failure Accident Lawyer in St. Louis

Legal representation for MO and IL victims of crashes caused by defective brakes

After an accident caused by a brake malfunction, you could be left with mounting medical bills and a lot of questions. Whether your vehicle collided with a stationary object or, worse, struck another vehicle, a brake failure accident was clearly out of your control – but the insurance company may not see it that way. Fortunately, a skilled attorney can help you take the next step forward with confidence.

If you have kept your vehicle properly maintained and your brakes failed regardless, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and property damage. When you work with The Hayden Law Firm, you can rest assured that you have over a decade of experience in your corner, and we will help hold the responsible parties accountable for your accident and injuries. Contact us today for a free, no-risk consultation. We serve the greater St. Louis area and Illinois.

What are common brake system failures?

Vehicle braking systems have come a long way over the past few decades. Recent innovations include anti-lock braking, power assist braking, and automatic brakes. However, no matter how advance braking systems are, they can’t escape mechanical or technological failure. And when they do fail, they place the driver, passengers, and everyone else on the road at risk for a crash.

Common braking and brake system problems include:

  • Brake fluid leaks
  • Defective brake pads
  • Electrical malfunctions
  • Faulty brake lights
  • Faulty designs
  • Manufacturing defects
  • Software issues
  • Substandard materials

When brake failures occur, a driver can lose control of their vehicle, leading to serious car wrecks or truck accidents. Owners of vehicles, whether it’s a passenger car or a huge commercial truck, are responsible for keeping them in good shape and evaluating the brakes regularly to prevent issues before they happen.

What types of injuries occur in brake failure crashes?

There is no good time for a brake failure to happen but, in the worst case scenarios, when the brakes malfunction on a car or truck traveling at a high speed can cause a collision resulting in serious or catastrophic injuries.

Injuries in brake failure accidents include:

  • Broken and fractured bones
  • Bruising
  • Burn injuries
  • Concussions
  • Infections
  • Internal injuries
  • Lacerations

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 aren’t injured 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. Speak with a St. Louis car accident attorney at The Hayden Law Firm as soon as possible to protect your health, interests, and overall recovery process.

Who is liable in a brake failure accident claim?

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 percent 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 and enter your vehicle’s VIN 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. Car manufacturers 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 The Hayden Law Firm today to discuss filing a claim against the auto manufacturer, distributor, or any other party in the product supply chain.

How do you prove negligence and fault in a St. Louis brake failure crash?

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, or additional parties.

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 prove negligence, which can include the following claims:

  • That 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 undergone significant change since when the liable party had the car in their possession
  • 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
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What is my brake failure accident case worth?

Whether your own brakes failed, or you were injured because of a brake malfunction in another vehicle, when an accident is not your fault, you should be eligible for compensation for your losses. These financial damages can include:

  • Lost wages, current and future
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Medical expenses, current and future
  • Mental or emotional distress
  • Property damage
  • Physical and emotional pain and suffering
  • Rehabilitation and therapy expenses

Keep in mind that the statute of limitations for personal injury actions in Missouri is five years, so it is crucial you contact an attorney as soon as possible after your accident, while details are still fresh in your mind.

How can a St. Louis brake failure lawyer help me with my case?

While you take the time you need to recover from your injuries, The Hayden Law Firm gets to work gathering photographic evidence, identifying key witnesses, obtaining police reports, and more.

Your vehicle is perhaps the most important piece of evidence in your case, and we work to ensure that it is preserved in its unaltered state following the crash. We bring in experts to perform a complete and thorough inspection to look for defects and malfunctions that were out of your control. All of this will help strengthen your claim and give you the best chance at success.

The legal system may not always be fair or straightforward, but The Hayden Law Firm wants to help make it work for you.

We get you the results you need when you need them most.

Brake failure accident attorney in St. Louis

Brake malfunction crashes and collisions can be challenging cases, especially when another vehicle was involved or if you have to face a big auto manufacturer and their army of attorneys. At The Hayden Law Firm, we do the hard work while you focus on healing. Please call our offices at 314-480-3100 or fill out our contact form for a free, no-risk consultation. We are based in St. Louis, Missouri, but our firm proudly serves clients throughout Missouri and Illinois.