Houston Brake Failure Attorney
Texas Brake Failure Accident Lawyer
Brake failure is to blame in a large number of vehicle collisions that result in serious injury and even death, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Many times, brake failure is due to defective brakes. Brake systems are complex and depend on a variety of parts including discs, calipers, hydraulic lines, and rotors. All of these mechanisms must operate properly in order for brakes to function and stop a vehicle. If you suspect you were injured due to brake failure, call Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. to discuss your rights.
What Happens When Brakes Fail
When brake failure does occur, it often occurs suddenly and without warning. As a result, drivers who experience brake failure are provided no advance warning that brake systems are about to fail. When brakes fail, a motor vehicle driver can lose all braking power and be unable to stop or slow a vehicle down. Brake failure can also result in partial braking power, brakes that cause the vehicle to jerk to an unexpected stop, and brakes that pull to one side causing a vehicle to either go off the road or into a lane of oncoming traffic.
Types of Brake Systems
There are two types of brake systems: disc brakes and drum brakes. Many motor vehicles utilize a combination of both disc and drum brake systems. Disc brakes are often considered more dependable and less likely to fail than drum brakes. Brake defects can be caused by a variety of factors including design defects, improper installation, and faulty manufacturing.
Driver and Manufacturer Responsibility
In some situations, an accident involving brakes can occur because a vehicle driver failed to pay proper attention to the road. In these situation, the vehicle driver is likely to be found at least partially liable for the resulting damage and injuries. In some circumstances, a driver is found to be at least partially at fault even when faulty brakes contributed to the accident.
When brakes fail, the vehicle’s owner and sometimes the manufacturer of the brake system may be held accountable for the accident and its resulting injuries. Brake manufacturers must create products that are safe for the intended use while vehicle owners must perform proper maintenance of the vehicle, which includes replacing brakes when the brake system is worn or close to failure. As a result, if a vehicle owner has failed to perform proper maintenance of the brake system, then the vehicle owner might not be able to claim that the brakes failed and that the accident was not the vehicle owner’s fault. In situations where a vehicle’s brakes were incorrectly manufactured or installed, the vehicle’s owner and anyone injured in the collision may be able to collect damages the brake manufacturer or mechanic who installed the vehicle’s brakes.
Call a Brake Failure Attorney
If you or someone you love experiences a severe injury or accidental death due to brake failure, call Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. for a free consultation. You may have a product liability claim against the brake manufacturer and/or maintenance company in addition to a negligence claim against other drivers. We offer a free consultation and charge nothing unless we make a recovery in your case. Call now: (713) 932-0777.
Paul Cannon has practiced personal injury trial law since 1995. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law (2005). He has earned recognition as a Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters in 2017 & 2018, and as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association in 2017. He is a Shareholder, trial lawyer and online marketing manager at Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. His legal writings have been published by the Texas Bar Journal, Business.com, Lawyer.com HG Legal Resources, Lawfirms.com, and others. He has been asked to give education talks and media interviews on dog bite law.