When Brakes Fail
For the people who have experienced the horror that is brake failure while driving, the idea of neglecting the state of your car’s brakes seems obscene. One second you are speeding down the highway on your daily drive to work that you know like the palm of your hand, when all of a sudden you push down with your foot and nothing happens. You are now in a tailspin and have to think quickly to avoid a wreck if it is at all possible.
The Importance of Staying Calm
The first thing you should remember about brake failure is not to panic.
Screaming and letting go of the steering wheel will obviously get you nowhere. Be prepared for brake failure so that you are not caught off guard when it happens. When you feel your brakes giving out, begin pumping them vigorously. Sometimes this will bring them back to life long enough to maneuver your car safely onto the median.
If pumping does not work, look around for a safe spot to move into. You can try, for instance, to drive down the median if it is grassy until your car slows down. Cold areas with a lot of snow have increased rates of brake failure because brakes are often overused on ice and snow in winding mountain areas. Fortunately, these areas often have many brake failure ramps on the side of roads, helping to lessen the chance of a serious accident resulting from brake failure.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a serious accident due to faulty or poorly made brakes, contact the Green Bay brake failure lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874 to speak with an experienced attorney about your legal rights and options.