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Maintain your car's brakes: They're essential to your safety

At Sullivan & Sullivan, we represent Los Angeles residents who suffer serious injuries in motor vehicle crashes. As such, we have analyzed a lot of car accident cases to determine how they happened, giving us a detailed understanding of motor vehicle safety. One area of safety that is often overlooked -- and results in many unnecessary accidents -- is brake safety.

Sadly, there are probably tens of thousands of vehicles on L.A. roads right now with brakes that aren't functioning properly. This means that the drivers of these vehicles will have less success maneuvering through traffic, which can result in serious and fatal accidents. In order to make sure that you don't cause such a brake-related accident, there are few things you should watch out for.

If you notice any of the following brake issues, be sure to take your car in for a checkup immediately as it could save your life:

-- High-pitched squealing noises: Modern brake pads are designed to wear away until they expose a small piece of metal. That metal will scrape across the rotors creating a loud squealing noise. Your brakes are probably still working great at this point, but it's time to get your pads replaced before they wear down to nothing and no longer function.

-- Strange vibrations and pulling to one side: If your car vibrates when the brake pedal is applied, you definitely need to take it in for a checkup. Also, if it pulls off to one side of the road when you apply the brakes, then something is wrong.

-- Weak brakes: If you have to push the pedal down hard, and your brakes aren't responsive like they used to be, it's time for a brake checkup.

-- Anything out of the ordinary: Other brake issues include anything out of the ordinary. Perhaps your brakes don't seem like they have as much power as they used to, or your pedal sinks all the way toward the floor when you depress it.

Staying safe on the road isn't only about following traffic laws. Sometimes it's about proper maintenance as well. If you were hurt by an L.A motorist who failed to maintain his or her vehicle, a personal injury lawyer may be able to help you pursue a claim for financial damages in court.

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