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By John Kristensen of Kristensen, LLP posted in Product Liability on Saturday, January 27, 2018.
How Defective Brakes Can Cause an Accident: Proving Liability and Collecting Damages

If you’re driving a car in Los Angeles, you’ve probably wondered at least once: “What if my brakes stopped working? Would I survive a car accident caused by defective brakes?” Perhaps, defective brakes is even one of your biggest fears when operating a car.

And your fear isn’t far-fetched, nor is it foolish or uncommon. Experts estimate that up to 22 percent of all car accidents in the U.S. are caused by defective brakes.

While problems with steering, suspension, transmission and engine-related issues in a vehicle can also cause a motorist to lose control of his/her vehicle, defective brakes is by far the most dangerous vehicle performance problem that can lead to severe injuries and fatalities.

After all, if you’re driving in Los Angeles, you’ve probably been in situations where you need to slam on your brakes countless times. With defective brakes, you cannot stop your car in order to prevent a collision with another vehicle, our Los Angeles defective product attorney at Kristensen LLP explains.

What is defective brakes?

The term “defective brakes” refers to multiple car performance issues that are caused by brakes that aren’t working properly. Our best defective product attorneys in Los Angeles outline five most common examples of defective brakes:

  • defective parking brake
  • hydraulic fitting leaks
  • cracking calipers
  • overheating brakes
  • improperly functioning antilock brake system.

Our Los Angeles defective product lawyers point out that there are two scenarios that lead to defective brakes and other design defects in a car.

First, the car manufacturer may have used cheap or improperly functioning parts when assembling the brake system. But all these issues could have been prevented and fixed if the manufacturer spent sufficient time when testing the brake system.

Failure to properly test the brakes before distributing and selling the car to consumers is the second scenario that leads to car accidents caused by defective brakes.

Who can be held liable for defective brakes?

Improperly installing some part of the brake system and improper manufacturing or assembly of the car would make the manufacturer, and all parties responsible for assembly and testing of the vehicle liable under product liability laws.

Moreover, our best defective product attorneys at Kristensen LLP note that the distributor, seller and other parties in the manufacturing – assembly – installing – distribution – and sale chain can be held liable for your injuries and damages caused by defective brakes.

How to prove defective brakes and collect damages?

If you’ve been in a car accident caused by defective brakes, the value of your compensation could increase tenfold by hiring a defective product attorney who would find evidence of liability of all the above-mentioned parties if the brake system was installed incorrectly, it was inadequately tested, or the parts used in the manufacturing process were low-quality, defective and dangerous.

Attempting to prove that the brake system was defective without seeking a skilled defective product lawyer’s help is the biggest mistake you can do that could minimize the value of your claim.

Understanding product liability laws in Los Angeles is critical when seeking compensation for your injuries and damages sustained in a motor vehicle accident caused by defective brakes.

Let our best attorneys in Los Angeles at Kristensen LLP launch investigation into your claim and find evidence of defective brakes, assess the full value of your claim, apportion fault to one, or several, liable parties, and collect damages from the liable parties.

Call our Los Angeles offices at 310-984-1297 or complete this contact form to get a free consultation.