In the event of an emergency on the road, we count on our vehicle’s brakes to work as designed so we can safely and effectively come to a stop. When our brakes work as intended, serious accidents can be avoided. If a vehicle’s brakes fail or don’t work properly, the consequences can be devastating. In Florida, a number of people have been seriously injured or killed because of defective brakes. People are also injured or killed by defective parking brakes that cause vehicles to roll away.
The experienced injury attorneys at Farah & Farah have successfully handled product liability cases against corporations including auto manufacturers. We know what it takes to thoroughly investigate a product defect case. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a brake defect or malfunction, please contact us for a free and comprehensive consultation.
Understanding Why Brakes Fail
Brakes are important parts of your vehicle. They are complex components with many moving parts. Working brakes have a hydraulic system that moves brake fluid through the brake lines to push the brake pad against the wheels to slow or stop the car. When any of the parts are defectively designed or installed, the vehicle may fail to slow down or come to a stop.
There are many reasons why brakes fail. Brake fluid leaks, cracked brake lines, brake adjustment issues, drum or rotor problems, brake shift interlock defects, hydraulic brake failure, anti-lock brake system error, premature wear and overheating are all types of brake failure that can occur at any time. These types of failures can happen as a result of:
- Manufacturing defects – Automakers can be held responsible for designing defective brakes or for failing to adequately test brakes. This is why brake recalls are so common.
- Poor maintenance – Brakes can also fail due to poor vehicle maintenance or inadequate repairs.
- Mechanic errors – Mechanics are responsible for properly inspecting brakes and for installing brakes correctly.
What is Your Florida Claim Worth?
The value of your product liability claim usually depends on the nature and extent of injuries and losses suffered as a result of the defective product. For a product liability claim to be successful, a plaintiff must prove that the product was defective, that they suffered injuries and losses, and that those damages were directly caused by the defective product. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and emotional distress. In addition to compensatory damages, plaintiffs may also seek punitive damages, which are usually awarded in cases involving negligence or wrongdoing.
Contact an Experienced Jacksonville Brake Defect Attorney
If you have been injured in a brake-related car accident in Florida, it is crucial that you preserve your vehicle in its current state so an expert can analyze it thoroughly for defects, malfunctions and design issues. Find out if your vehicle was recalled for brake defects. Contact a Jacksonville auto product liability lawyer who will fight for your rights. Call us at 855-797-9899 to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.