When motorists are on the roads of Biloxi, Mississippi, drivers count on the fact that everyone will drive safely. Should the driver make a mistake, he or she could cause significant injuries for others. However, sometimes the cause of an accident is not a driving error but rather a faulty vehicle part, such as the brakes.
Regular maintenance is an important part of safe driving practices. Therefore, drivers who fail to maintain their vehicles may be liable if it results in an accident. Faulty maintenance or a defective part can also make a mechanic or manufacturer liable for an accident. In situations like this, a Biloxi brake failure lawyer may be able to help with your case.
At the Morris Bart law office, we have seen the serious injuries that can occur when the brakes on a car fail, causing the vehicle to speed out of control. This excessive speed can lead to significant force on the other cars involved in the collision, causing life-altering injuries. To learn if you qualify, contact our firm today at (228) 357-9621 for a free review of your case.
Reasons for Brake Failure
Any vehicle can experience an accident due to brake failure, though brake failure accidents are not common. Sometimes, these brake failures occur because the vehicle owner neglected to take proper care of the car. Failing to maintain a vehicle’s brakes correctly could cause them to become out of balance or worn out, which could lead to a brake failure accident.
The braking system of every vehicle requires functional brake pads and lubrication. Brake pads wear out over time and require replacement. They may also become brittle from overheating. Drivers should replace the brake pads according to the guidelines in their vehicle maintenance manuals. Regular maintenance checks are also beneficial, as brakes can become dry, brittle, or worn out ahead of the vehicle’s replacement schedule.
Additionally, the brakes that the car manufacturer installed could have been faulty. If the car manufacturer fails to recall the faulty brakes, this can be a sign of negligence on the company’s part.
Similarly, a mechanic may be responsible for brake failure if an employee of the garage installed new brake pads incorrectly. A mechanic may also be liable if the employee claimed to replace the brakes but did not perform this maintenance.
Finally, weight is another factor that can contribute to brake failure. The brakes on a vehicle are only designed to withstand a certain amount of weight. If a driver negligently overloads their vehicle—such as by attaching a trailer that is too heavy or driving with too many passengers—it can cause the brakes to fail.
For a free legal consultation with a Brake Failure Accident lawyer serving Biloxi, call (228) 357-9621
Finding Help with Your Brake Failure Case
If you believe brake failure was a key reason in the collision that caused your injuries, you can hire a Biloxi brake failure lawyer to do some investigative work and determine the exact cause of the crash.
At the Morris Bart law office, our team will study all aspects of the case, looking to determine who is liable for your damages. If we can show that the negligence of the driver, the manufacturer, or the mechanic contributed to the failure of the brakes, we may be able to seek damages for you. Call us today at (228) 357-9621 for a free consultation.
Seeking Damages for Your Injuries
In an accident involving brake failure, the injuries for the drivers and passengers could be life-altering. Often, a collision that occurs because of faulty brakes will happen at a relatively high speed since the vehicle cannot slow down to avoid the crash. The following are examples of injuries that may occur when a vehicle with faulty brakes causes a collision:
- Facial trauma
- Broken bones
- Neck and spinal cord injury
- Back injury
- Damage to internal organs
- Bleeding from lacerations
- Injured ligaments
Some of these injuries can require significant rehabilitation or multiple surgeries to reach a full recovery. In other cases, the injuries may cause permanent disabilities.
Receiving Compensation After a Brake Failure Collision
After you have received a diagnosis of your injuries and a recovery plan for going forward, you may want to seek compensation from the party or parties that caused your accident. Some of the damages you could recover after someone else’s actions led to your injuries include:
- Medical care costs up to the point of the settlement
- Estimated costs for future medical care related to the injuries
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Lost wages, both now and in the future
Also, keep in mind that under Mississippi House Bill 1257 §15-1-49, you only have three years in which to file a personal injury lawsuit to pursue damages from the at-fault party.
We Can Help You Determine Who Is Liable in Your Injury Accident
When you are involved in a car accident in which you suffered injuries because of another’s negligence, you have a right to secure compensation. You and your Biloxi brake failure lawyer can study the facts in the case to determine whether the other driver, the maintenance company, or the vehicle manufacturer should be liable for your injuries. These cases can be tricky, but our team at the Morris Bart law office is ready to stand by your side.
For a free consultation, call us at (228) 357-9621 to learn if you qualify. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not need to make any payments to secure our services. Instead, our payment will come from a percentage of the final settlement in the case, either through negotiations with the insurance company or in a court case.
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