Brake Failures | One Cause of an Auto Accident

San Diego, California Personal Injury Lawyers for Brake Failure

Brakes are one of the most important safety systems on your vehicle, though they often go unnoticed until there is a problem. It is recommended that you care for your brakes regularly and keep them in good condition. However, even if you do everything right, brakes can still fail, causing accidents that would have otherwise been avoidable and making unavoidable accidents much worse. If you believe brake failure contributed to your accident, we have years of experience helping accident victims in San Diego County and throughout California, can help you.

Accidents Caused by Brake Failure

The connection between a product defect, such as brake failure, and a collision is not always obvious. That is why we begin every case with a thorough investigation of the facts and law involved to determine all possible causes of the accident and the injuries you suffer.

Causes of Brake Failure

Here are some common causes of brake failure:

  • The brake pads and/or shoes can become hardened or crystallized and are no longer effective at grabbing and stopping the rotation of the brake drum.
  • Brakes can become soaked with oil or grease from a rear differential or front transaxle or a failed rubber boot on a front end component.
  • The power brake booster can lose power assist due to a loss of engine vacuum.
  • “Hot spots” can develop on the brake drums or rotors which are resistant to the friction needed for the brakes to work properly.