How to avoid a car accident if your brakes fail
Brake failure is something that is far more likely to cause a Troedythiw car accident than any other car problem. If you cannot stop the car then you are not able to avoid other vehicles, pedestrians or cyclists, and it can be difficult to let other road users know that there is a problem so that they will get out of the way. If your brakes do fail and you want to avoid a Troedythiw car accident as easily as possible, then there are a few things you can do to get to safety. You will want to stop the car as easily and quickly as possible, and then get out of the car to wait for the emergency services.
- Know the symptoms. The best way to stop brake failure is to know that it is going to happen before it does. Look out for things like the brakes feeling spongy or sticky, leaking brake fluid, or the pedal being hard to push down properly.
- Pump the brakes. This may not work but is always worth a try. If you feel that your brakes are not working then you should try pumping them to see if you can build up brake pressure and get the car to stop.
- Try the handbrake. This is not meant to be able to stop the car when it is already moving, but will do the job to an extent if you need it to. You will need to pull it hard to get it to work, especially if you are moving at speed.
- Let the car coast to a stop. This is the most risky solution but may be the only one that you have. If there is no other way to stop the car then simply remove your foot from the accelerator and let the car slow down on it’s own, simultaneously steering it to the side of the road.
Can I claim compensation for a Troedythiw car accident caused by brake failure?
You should be able to claim compensation if you have a Troedythiw car accident caused by brake failure, but only if the failure of the brakes should have been spotted by a mechanic, or was directly caused by someone else. The best way to find out whether or not you have a good case for compensation is to call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to speak to the team about your Troedythiw car accident and find out more about the claims process.
If both you and the team are convinced that you have a good case for compensation then you will be passed over to our experienced personal injury lawyers who can handle your claim on your behalf, so that you shouldn’t have to go to court.