A brake failure while driving can be one of the most frightening experiences one could have behind the wheel. Due to the fact that most drivers are not educated in how to handle a brake failure, their responses often fail to correct and may worsen their circumstance. Following proper protocol can keep you safe even when the equipment that you depend on fails.

• Try not to panic. In what is an unquestionably frightening moment, you must try to remain clear-headed. Sudden and spontaneous reactions may increase danger to yourself and others.

• Exit the road.  Following the same careful steps that you always would, move to the right side of the road and exit to the shoulder. If you are on a highway, use an exit ramp where available and move from areas of significant traffic.

• Decelerate.  Removing your foot from the gas pedal, allow the car to slow to a manageable speed. When you can do so safely, shift the car into neutral. Apply the handbrake to bring the car to a full stop.

• Signal. Engage your warning lights or reflective triangle. Contact roadside assistance and, if possible, stand safely away from your vehicle as you wait for help to arrive.

If you are the victim of an accident resulting from equipment failure, your interests will be best represented by a firm that not only understands the law, but medical terminology, conditions, and procedures as well. To provide for your representation, contact Dover Law Firm today.

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