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Brake Light Failure

Brake lights are one of your car’s most important safety features, and one of the oldest. Like so many things we’ve become used to, we often don’t think about their importance. Working brake lights prevent accidents by alerting your fellow motorists that you are slowing down. Without them, you are at a heightened risk for getting into a serious accident.

If you’ve been in a car accident that was caused by non-functioning brake lights, you may be able to seek financial compensation for your injury. Contact the Milwaukee car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, by calling 800-242-2874 to learn more about your legal options.

How Brake Lights Fail

Brake lights are so important to greater road safety that having non-functioning lights is a ticketable offense. Most brake light problems are caused by one of the following issues:

  • Broken or loose bulbs. These are the most easily fixed problems. Bulbs often break because of bulb failure or collisions, and it’s not uncommon for them to work loose of the connecting socket. If your brake light isn’t working, open up the casing and examine the bulb.
  • Connection problems. Sometimes the lines that connect the brakes to the lights go bad, meaning that though the lights themselves are functional, they are not being told to light up. This is a more difficult problem, and requires a mechanic.
  • Blown fuse. Another common cause for brake light failure is a blown fuse. Just like in your home, all of your car’s electrical elements are powered by fuses. If the one controlling your brake lights is blown, the lights will not function. Your owner’s manual should help you determine if this is the problem.

Contact Us

While rear-ending another car usually means you are at fault, rear-ending someone with broken brake lights may be the exception. If you’ve been in an accident caused by non-functioning brake lights, contact the Milwaukee car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, by calling 800-242-2874 today.

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