What to Do When You’ve Been Injured by a Faulty Brake System in a Ford Vehicle

What to Do When You’ve Been Injured by a Faulty Brake System in a Ford Vehicle

In March 2023, Ford recalled over 1.2 million Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans due to a brake problem. The front brake hoses in these vehicles were at risk of rupturing and leaking brake fluid, potentially leading to a dangerous crash. Then, in July, Ford had to recall more than 870,000 F-150 pickup trucks because of an issue with their parking brake. Considering these dangers, it is essential to know what to do if you were injured in a Ford car crash caused by faulty brakes.

The Dangers of Defective Brake Systems

Driving a vehicle with a defective brake system can be life-threatening. You must stay alert for warning signs, such as the brake fluid warning light turning on or changes in how the brake pedal feels or responds. In severe cases, stopping the vehicle could become increasingly difficult with a faulty brake, increasing the risk of auto accidents.

Take Immediate Actions After an Accident

If you find yourself in an accident caused by a faulty Ford brake system, prioritize your safety and the safety of others. The first step should be to call 911 to report the accident and get medical attention. Do not continue to drive the vehicle if the brakes are malfunctioning. Explain the incident to law enforcement, other drivers, and witnesses who are involved in the accident, and do not admit fault.

Preserving Evidence and Documentation

Preserving evidence by taking pictures and recording others’ contact information is crucial in establishing liability. A personal injury attorney will rely on this evidence to assess the situation and determine if it strengthens your case. Keep all medical records and receipts for your injuries and medical treatment; and ensure you have maintained your car so the vehicle’s malfunctioning can be examined.

Proving Brake Failure

Proving brake failure in a Ford vehicle can be challenging, especially if the cause is not immediately apparent. You should keep a transparent record of vehicle possession and inspections. An attorney can gather evidence, examine the vehicle’s condition, and consult with experts to establish brake failure as the cause of the accident.

Compensation for Damages

In a personal injury case related to faulty brakes, victims may seek compensation for damages they experienced. These damages can include medical expenses, such as treatments related to injuries, lost wages due to the inability to work, or any other compensation for physical and emotional suffering.

Take Legal Action After a Defective Ford Brake Caused Injury

Automakers like Ford have an obligation to produce cars that are safe to use. When your brake system fails and leads to a crash, it is essential to take immediate action, preserve evidence, and seek legal help to protect your rights.

Contact our experienced defective product attorneys at Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law today to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can assist your claim.

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