Recently, a truck accident occurred in Rumpke involving a work van and minivan. Due to the accident, three people were taken to the hospital. The truck lost its brakes on a ramp leading off of Route 4 and collided with a minivan, which pushed the van across the street and into a collision with a third vehicle. As a result of the accident, Ohio law enforcement temporarily shut down the road.
It is surprising to learn, but brake failure causes approximately 300,000 motor vehicle accidents each year. Fortunately, for many drivers, brake failure is not a problem, provided that a motor vehicle is well maintained. When parts are defective, vehicles are not properly maintained, or mechanics perform improper repairs, brake failure is known to occur. A driver’s chances of successfully navigating this event depend greatly on many factors, which include both road conditions at the time as well as what measures a person takes to protect him or herself.
The following will review some important strategies you should remember to follow if your vehicle’s brakes fail.
As hard as it can be, drivers must resist the urge to panic when their brakes fail. Instead, after brake failure is noticed, try to remain in control of your vehicle. Your challenge will be to slow down and safely come to stop through the use of an alternative braking method. By understanding that it is still possible to safely stop your vehicle, you will hopefully discover that you can keep calm, and guide yourself to safety.
Take Your Foot Off the Gas
When you gradually take your foot off of the gas pedal, natural wind resistance will begin to slow down your vehicle. As you prepare to suddenly stop your vehicle, turn on your vehicle’s hazards lights so other drivers on the road can be alerted to your presence and steer clear of your path.
Shift to Neutral and Apply the Parking Brake
If your brakes fail, it is important to remember that your parking brake can lock your vehicle’s wheels. When you use the parking brake, make sure to do so in a gradual manner. If the brakes lock, you have applied the brake too forcefully and will need to try again. As the vehicle comes closer to slowing down, you should maneuver to the shoulder or a safe place on the side of the road until the vehicle is fully stopped.
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