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The importance of good brake maintenance

Brake failure could result in a devastating accident on an Ohio highway, and in many cases, such an occurrence could be prevented with a good regimen of caring for and inspecting the vehicle's braking system. Because brake wear can occur slowly over an extended period of time, it is important to understand certain indicators that suggest the need for an inspection and possible replacement of parts.

The sounds and feel of brakes are some of the most obvious signs of brake wear. Manufacturer brakes typically include indicators, which are small pieces of metal attached to the pads. As the pads wear, the metal begins to contact the rotor upon braking, which can cause a squealing sound. As this sound becomes noticeable, the need for new brakes is imminent. Unfortunately, not all brakes have these indicators. In some cases, the metal indicator can rust or become loose. Aftermarket parts can be manufactured without this feature. However, the pressure needed to push the brake pedal also tends to increase as the brakes wear. If the brakes feel spongy, an inspection is warranted.

Because the cost for brake repair can be expensive, some motorists may wait to inspect and fix their brakes even after noting these indications. However, a motorist is responsible for the condition of the vehicle, especially with an issue that could cause a serious car accident. Consistent automotive checkups during oil changes can be helpful for keeping up with critical maintenance and repair issues.

A person in a car that is rear-ended could deal with both immediate and delayed symptoms related to the force of impact. Issues such as a brake malfunction or driver distraction could contribute to such an accident. If negligence on the part of the driver of the car in the rear can be established, an injured victim in the car that is hit from behind might appreciate the help of a lawyer in seeking compensation for medical bills and other losses.

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