Brake Defect Accidents
If you have been in a serious car wreck, you should be represented by serious and experience car crash lawyers. There are many safety threats on the roadway that injure and maim unsuspecting drivers. Whether it is a drunk driver, distracted driver, or aggressive driver, danger abounds. In many circumstances, the cause of a serious collision is poor vehicle maintenance or design defects. Vehicle manufacturers and maintenance professionals have a duty to ensure that cars and trucks are designed and maintained in a safe manner, while vehicle owners have a duty to perform routine inspections to ensure that their vehicles are safe to operate on the roadways. At Breakstone, White & Gluck, our Boston car accident lawyers have assisted many victims in recovering after determining their crash was caused by a vehicle design or maintenance defect. One of the most common defects that can cause serious harms is brake defects. When a vehicle is unable to stop safely, the accidents that result can be devastating. If you were injured in a brake defect accident, call us today to learn more about your legal rights.Exploring Your Right to Compensation After a Brake Defect Accident
There are several components involved in the braking system. This complicated system is essential to safe vehicle operation because if a driver is unable to stop appropriately, other motorists and pedestrians in the vicinity will find themselves at serious risk. If a driver fails to perform routine inspections and maintenance on his or her vehicle, the driver can be held liable for any injuries that result from an accident related to the faulty brakes. The plaintiff’s attorney in this action will need to show that the defendant did not use reasonable care and skill in maintaining or inspecting the brake system and that this failure caused the accident to occur.
Massachusetts law requires drivers to perform at least one comprehensive yearly inspection of their vehicles to identify potential issues and risks. There are many ways that drivers can identify potential braking issues, such as hearing loud noises or noticing a change in feel when depressing the brake pedal. After showing that the driver failed to perform adequate maintenance, your lawyer must prove that this failure was the cause of the injuries that you sustained. This often requires a consultation with an expert witness who can testify about the defendant’s conduct, compared to what a reasonable driver would have done to maintain his or her brakes appropriately. When it comes to compensation, a successful plaintiff is entitled to receive compensation for his or her medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and other items of damages associated with the crash.Hold a Product Manufacturer Responsible for a Defective Braking System
Even if a driver performs a diligent maintenance and inspection of his or her brakes, the system may suffer from a design or manufacturing defect that renders them dangerous. If you believe that the brake defect was the manufacturer’s fault, you can bring a product liability claim against it. In the claim, your attorney will need to show that the braking system was designed in an unreasonably dangerous manner or that the braking system installed on the vehicle involved in the accident suffered from a design defect that rendered it unreasonably dangerous. Since vehicle design and mechanics are complex, a product liability lawsuit involves expert testimony regarding how the braking system was defective in its design. Our seasoned team of car accident attorneys has worked with numerous experts and can help you assess whether or not the braking system manufacturer is liable for your injuries and damages. You must also show that the defect in the design system was to blame for the accident.Speak with an Experienced Boston Lawyer Following a Serious Car Crash
If you or a loved one was injured in a rear-end collision or another accident caused by defective brakes, you probably have questions about your legal rights and options. At Breakstone, White & Gluck, our attorneys will work with you to ensure that you explore all of your possible legal choices and fully investigate your potential claim. We know how daunting this process can be, and we have served clients in cities such as Boston, Cambridge, Waltham, Lowell, Newton, Somerville, Quincy, Dedham, Norwood, Brookline, Attleboro, Barnstable, Brockton, Plymouth, Worcester, Lawrence, and Springfield. To schedule your free consultation regarding a brake defect accident, call us at 1-800-379-1244 or contact us online.