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Repairing Faulty Brake Lights

Car accidents can be frightening and expensive, and are even more frustrating when they occur because of equipment failure. Faulty brake light switches and lamps can be very dangerous, since brake lights warn the drivers behind you that you are slowing down or are about to stop. If the lights do not turn on, the drivers behind you might maintain their speed and rear-end your vehicle if they follow you too closely.

If your own brake lights are faulty, it might be difficult to know since you never see your own brake lights. However, police are often on the lookout for such equipment malfunctions, and if you are pulled over for a faulty brake light, you may be issued a “fix it” ticket. A fix it ticket will most likely require you to pay a fine, and to take the vehicle to a repair shop to have the problem fixed.

How to Repair Brake Lights

You can choose to fix the broken brake light yourself, as this may even be less expensive than taking your vehicle to a repair shop, but you will still have to pay the fine on the ticket. Steps you can take to fix your own brake light are:

  • Find access point for your bulb
  • Remove “lens” (the outer plastic cover of a bulb) and broken brake light bulb
  • Clean area and replace old bulb with new one
  • Replace the lens

Regrettably, you may not have been aware of the problem and might have been struck by another vehicle due to a brake light malfunction. Also, you may have crashed into another vehicle, the brake lights of which failed. In either case, it may be appropriate to investigate the merits of legal action against a negligent manufacturer or repair technician.

Contact Us

We realize that it can be harrying to cope with the effects of a motor vehicle accident and are committed to helping you to hold the responsible parties accountable for the harm that you have suffered. For assistance with your case if you have been hurt in a crash involving malfunctioning or defective brake lamps, contact the Lake Geneva auto defect lawyers of Habush & Rottier S.C. at 800-242-2874.

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