What is the most important safety feature on your vehicle? Seatbelts are an obvious candidate because they have saved millions of lives. Airbags aren’t as essential but have also prevented death and serious injury. But the most important “safety feature” of any vehicle is the brakes. A car that cannot stop is a serious safety risk for everyone on the road, not just the driver.
If you have ever experienced brake failure, either as a driver or passenger, you know how terrifying an experience it can be. Sudden braking or periods of sustained “riding the brakes” can lead to brake pad wear and loss of stopping power. Common signs of serious brake pad wear include squeaking, popping, and grinding noises and increased difficulty slowing the car. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, have your brakes checked as soon as possible to minimize the danger of brake failure.
If your brakes do fail for whatever reason, do not panic. By staying calm, you can keep your vehicle under more control and avoid a serious accident. You should attempt to steer your car (safely!) into the right lane. Take your foot off the gas and shift into a lower gear to slow down. Once you move onto the shoulder, put the vehicle in neutral and apply the handbrake until the vehicle stops. Put on your warning lights, seek assistance, and do not drive under any circumstances.
Brake failure is a terrifying experience and can lead to serious traumatic injuries. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured as a result of brake failure, and think someone might be accountable, the Clearwater personal injury lawyers of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos, P.L.L.C. can help you. To discuss your case with an experienced personal injury lawyer, contact us today at 727-441-9030