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The Francis Law Group
Injuries from Brake Defects
Brake system problems cause more wrecks than you’d think. Of all the accidents caused by vehicle performance issues, brake failure accounted for 25 percent of the crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). When someone is injured in an accident caused by defective brakes, he or she will usually have just cause to file an injury claim or lawsuit against the manufacturer in an attempt to recover damages.
If you or your loved one were injured in a brake failure-related auto accident in Orlando, we encourage you to call our injury attorney at Francis Law Group. For over a decade, Attorney Francis has been helping injured victims and their families hold negligent manufacturers responsible for the harm they’ve caused. He has secured sizeable settlements for his clients, via both negotiation and litigation. Contact him today for a free consolation.
Signs that Your Brakes are Defective
Below are a few telltale signs that indicate your brakes may be defective or in need of repair or replacement. If your brakes ever act peculiar, make noises, emit an odor or stop responding in the way they should, you’ll want to take it to a mechanic immediately.
- The brake light comes on
- Worn brake pads
- Brake fluid is low or requires changing too frequently
- The car pulls to the side when you brake
- The brakes overheat and start smoking
- The brakes lock up
- You have to apply hard pressure to the brakes to stop the vehicle
- The brake pedal sinks to the floor
- Your steering wheel or entire car vibrates when you brake
While the above signs allude to a braking issue, sometimes the brakes can suddenly and without warning give way or otherwise fail to operate correctly. This usually means that there was some sort of brake or other auto component malfunction. If this happened to you and you were injured as a result, you’ll want to contact a local injury attorney to determine liability and discuss your options for pursuing a settlement for your damages.
Auto Manufacturers’ Legal Responsibilities
Auto (and brake) manufacturers are held to high safety standards regulated by the NHTSA. Manufacturers have to meet testing requirements, report any known safety issues, submit pertinent documents to the NTHSA, and quickly issue a recall if any defects are brought to light.
Manufacturers also have a legal duty of care to consumers. This means that they can put only reasonably safe products on the market and that they must include adequate instructions and warnings. Failure to uphold their duty could make the manufacturer susceptible to federal penalties, as well as make them legally liable for victims’ damages in civil lawsuits.
Injured in an auto accident? Call Francis Law Group in Orlando.
If you were hurt in an accident caused by brake failure, we encourage you to call Francis Law Group for legal help. Should you decide to work with us, we will first begin looking at the causes of your accident, usually with the help of an unbiased auto specialist. We will try to determine if the brakes could have failed because of a flaw in the manufacturing or design process or because a mechanic failed to make proper repairs.
After we determine which, if any, party can be held liable for your accident, we can then begin drafting the legal documents, negotiating with insurers, or preparing your case for court. Our primary aim will be to get you the maximum amount of compensation to which you’re entitled. As an important aside, we will not charge you a dime until we secure a settlement for you, so you have nothing to lose by working with us.
Contact our office in Orlando today for a free one-on-one consultation with Attorney Francis at 407-363-9939.