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The brakes are one of the most important components of your vehicle. When they are defective and cannot work properly, your risk of a car accident significantly increases. Let’s take a closer look at some dangerous brake statistics and the signs of bad brakes.
Dangerous Brake Statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a survey in 2015 that states brakes were the cause of 10,000 of the car accidents that occurred between 2005 and 2007. This data shows that brakes contribute to thousands of accidents each year as well as thousands of injuries and deaths.
Signs of Faulty Brakes
If your brakes are defective and lead to an accident, you are not automatically liable for the accident and its financial consequences. However, if the defective brakes were the result of improper vehicle maintenance, you may be viewed as negligent and responsible for an accident. To ensure that you properly maintain your vehicle, you should look for the following signs of defective brakes:
Defective Brake Recalls
Although you are usually responsible for the condition of your brakes, you may have defective brakes and be unaware because of a mistake by your auto manufacturer. The brake-related auto recalls that have occurred this year prove that even new vehicles may be equipped with unreliable brakes. Some of these recalls include:
Consult Our Hinsdale Car Accident Lawyers
If you get into an accident that was related to faulty brakes, you should call our experienced DuPage County car accident lawyers today at 630-920-8855. A thorough investigation will help determine who is liable by revealing whether a defect, improper maintenance, or another issue was the cause.