Vegas Defective Product Lawyers Explain Accidents Caused by Brake Failure
Every part of a motor vehicle that you buy works together to ensure safe operation of the vehicle and to help prevent accidents. Unfortunately, there are far too many circumstances in which products are sold to Nevada consumers and serious defects exist within the vehicle. This includes many circumstances in which brakes are defective or fail to work as expected.
When brakes fail because they are poorly designed, improperly installed, or inadequately maintained, the consequences can be serious or even fatal. Accidents can occur due to brake failure that results in motorists experiencing permanent injuries or losing their lives.
If and when this occurs, victims of these collisions should consult with Vegas defective product lawyers to find out what their options are for pursuing a claim for brake failure.
LV Personal Injury Lawyers is here to help. Our defective product lawyers have worked closely with victims of accidents, and with surviving family members of those killed in crashes, to take legal action against manufacturers and other third parties responsible for brake failure. Whether you believe the product was defective or you believe a car dealer was negligent in selling you an unsafe vehicle, we can help you to identify who was responsible for causing you harm and can work with you to pursue a claim for compensation for losses here in Las Vegas.
Victims of defective products such as brakes that fail will need to prove that a defendant was responsible for damages they endured. You should give us a call as soon as possible after you’ve been hurt in an accident so we can get to work on gathering evidence and making your case. Call today to get an advocate on your side ready to fight for compensation for you.
Accidents Caused by Brake Failure
When brakes fail, drivers lose control of the vehicle and become unable to stop in time to avoid an accident. This can result in:
- Pedestrian accidents
- Accidents with bicycle riders
- Head-on accidents
- T-bone accidents
- Single-vehicle collisions
Because a driver cannot slow or stop a car when brakes have failed, accidents caused by brake failure often occur at high speeds. This can have devastating consequences for those who are involved in a collision. Both the driver and passengers in a vehicle with brake failure could be seriously hurt. Other motorists on the road could also be harmed as well due to the driver’s inability to stop caused by brake failure.
When are Manufacturers Held Responsible for Brake Failure?
Manufacturers of motor vehicles are subject to strict liability rules. Under Nevada strict liability laws, when a product is used as intended and has a defect that causes harm, the manufacturer can be held liable for resulting losses. Because of strict liability rules, victims injured by defective brakes do not need to prove that the manufacturer was negligent even though negligence typically needs to be proved in many other types of injury cases.
Manufacturers, product distributors, those who made the defective brakes, and others responsible for getting the car into the hands of the consumer could all potentially be held legally liable for damages under strict liability laws. Victims could also make other legal arguments, including negligence in design or manufacturing, failure to warn, and breach of warranty.
Compensation for Injuries Caused by Brake Failure
Anyone injured as a result of defective brakes could potentially pursue a claim against a car manufacturer to obtain compensation for damages. In order to obtain compensation in Nevada, the victim of the accident or surviving family members pursuing a wrongful death claim would need to prove that the problem with the brakes was the direct cause of a crash occurring.
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Victims would also need to prove how badly they were damaged by the problem with the brakes in order to be fully compensated for the harm they endured. Victims of car accidents can receive compensation for medical costs incurred due to the accident, for ongoing medical expenditures if their injuries are permanent, for missed work or sick days or vacation days they used, and for any ongoing lost earnings caused by lasting injuries.
There is also compensation awarded to victims for pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other non-economic damages.
Sometimes, accidents involving brake failure cause fatalities. Under these circumstances, surviving family members should receive compensation for wrongful death from those who were responsible for causing the brake failure accident. That means that the victim’s surviving family members can take action to hold the carmaker accountable, regardless of whether the victim was in the car with the failing brakes or simply had the misfortunate to be on the road at the same time as that vehicle when the driver lost control.
Victims harmed by brake failure caused by a design defect can often join class actions to obtain compensation because it is common for many people to be affected by vehicle problems. However, before becoming a part of a class action, talking with a Vegas product liability lawyer is advisable to find out if this is the best course of action or if there are other ways that you should pursue your claim that might result in more compensation for you.
Getting Help From Defective Product Attorneys
Zachary D. Clayton and his defective product attorneys at LV Personal Injury Lawyers have helped to hold many car makers accountable for accidents caused by brake failure.
We know that it is stressful to be hurt or to have your loved one killed in a crash because a manufacturer of a vehicle released a product with defective brakes and we will work hard to help you get the compensation you deserve as quickly and easily as possible in the accident aftermath. Give us a call today to find out more about the help we can provide if brake failure caused you or a loved one to be harmed.