Austin Brake Failure Car Accident Lawyer
Brake failure can lead to significant accidents depending on the speed the driver is going when the brakes fail. Even a minor fender bender can cause damage to a vehicle and has the potential to result in serious head or neck injuries. Keeping a car in good repair is the responsibility of the driver.
At the same time, the driver should be able to safely assume that if the car was purchased from a licensed dealer, it is safe to operate. In times when responsibility for the accident is difficult to determine but the medical bills keep piling up, our Austin brake failure car accident lawyers can help.
Texas Lemon Laws
In some cases, the person who sold the vehicle may bear part of the responsibility for an accident caused by brake failure. Texas Lemon Laws are very specific about the length of time and the number of opportunities that the owner must give the dealer to repair the problem.
There are a few different tests to determine if the dealer is responsible for repairs to a vehicle. One is the serious safety hazard test. If there is a malfunction that is either life threatening or prevents you from controlling or operating the vehicle normally, and you have taken your vehicle to the dealership two or more times to make the repair, you may be eligible for compensation.
Seriousness of Austin Brake Failure Car Accidents
The Texas Department of Transportation (DOT) has determined that in 2014 alone, 540 accidents occurred as a result of brake failure in Texas. When that brake failure was combined with speeding or other extreme circumstances, the results were sometimes fatal.
Additionally, a significant portion of car accidents today occur as a result of getting hit from behind. When brake failure is added to the mix, the numbers increase and the injuries become more significant. It’s one thing to drive defensively and monitor the traffic around you. It’s another thing to try to drive defensively but not be able to do so because your brakes failed.
Accidents that are caused by brake failure are often preventable when the manufacturers and car dealers do their part and ensure that their products are safe to be on the road.
Seeking Compensation for Your Car Accident
Whether or not the accident was fatal, the issue of compensation still stands. Properly functioning braking systems are of the utmost importance, and someone has to be held responsible when they fail. The injuries that can result from a brake failure accident can be long term and even fatal.
An experienced Austin brake failure car accident lawyer from Colley & Colley, LLP can help you determine why a vehicle’s brakes may have failed and who was to blame for their failure.
If you have been in a car accident and believe your brakes may have been defective, you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Let us help you make sure the right person is held responsible for your accident.
Contact us online or call us toll-free at 1-877-411-2001 for a free case evaluation.