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Slamming on the brakes may not have the desired effect

On Behalf of | Mar 4, 2022 | Auto Accidents

Every component of our motor vehicles serves some sort of function. The engine powers the vehicle so that we can move. The tires make sure that our motor is able to stay on the road when turning a corner and the brakes bring us to a stop when needed.

Nonetheless, these components only work when the driver uses them appropriately. Many road traffic accidents are down to driver error. Your brakes might be there to stop you when necessary, but they are not a button that you push to come to an immediate stop. Many road users run into trouble because they have slammed on the brakes. Outlined below are some crucial reasons why slamming on the brakes should be avoided.

Injuries to those in the vehicle

Braking suddenly can slow you down in a manner that generates a tremendous force. Your body can literally be thrown around the vehicle, jerking at different angles. This has the potential to injure your neck, head and other vital parts of your being. Slamming on the brakes can also place your passengers in danger, especially if they didn’t see it coming.

Rear-end collisions

Rarely do drivers have the roadways completely to themselves. Generally, there are vehicles in front of you, behind and to both sides. If a road user is following you and you drastically come to a stop, they may not have a chance to react in time. Rear-end collisions due to a person braking suddenly are extremely common across Florida.

Sudden braking poses a threat to all road users and their passengers as well as deteriorating the condition of the vehicle. If you have been injured in a collision, make sure you investigate the potential legal options at your disposal.