Most car experts will agree that brakes are the single most important safety on an automobile. Though seat belts and airbags can help save your life in the event of an accident, far more collisions are prevented by using your brakes. Brakes can protect a driver from rear-end wrecks, hitting a hazard in the road, or any other dangerous driving situation.
Though you may use your brakes every single day without error, it is important to keep your system in an optimal condition. In addition to performing routine maintenance on your car, you should also be alert for any warning signs that may indicate the brakes are failing or are about to fail.
Though natural degradation can have an adverse effect on your brake system, an error may be caused by an inherent defect within the product. If there is a design flaw within your system or another malfunction, you may be entitled to financial compensation from the negligent individuals that constructed or designed this system. To learn more about brake failure and your legal rights as an injured victim, contact the Indianapolis brake malfunction attorneys of the Hankey Law Office today at (317) 634-8565
Tips for Keeping Your Brakes in Working Order
The following tips can help assist you in making sure your brakes are taken care of on a day to day basis:
- Have your brake shoes and pads checked often for natural wear and tear. Replace when needed.
- Have your linings checked by a mechanic periodically.
- Flush and change your brake fluid every year.
- Bring your car in for repair if you notice the brakes are sticky or less sensitive than you are used to.
- Replace rotors at the same time, not one at a time.
- If you need a new brake part, make sure the new piece is compatible with your existing system.
Those who manufacture brakes are responsible for providing a safe product to all consumers. If this is not done and a company provides brakes that are inherently defected, due to faulty design or manufacturing, you may be able to bring the company to court on a liability claim.