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How to React to a Defective Accelerator
The accelerator is one of the most essential parts of your vehicle, and if it malfunctions, you could be at risk of a serious accident. One of the most frightening experiences you can ever have as a driver is your accelerator sticking. When you can no longer control how fast you are driving, it is very easy to lose focus and panic. It is important that you remain calm during this time and respond appropriately.
If you have been involved in a car accident as the result of a defective accelerator, you may be able to take legal action and hold the manufacturers responsible. At Leehey Olson Law, P.C., our Cedar Rapids personal injury lawyers are committed to providing skilled and experienced legal counsel and representation to those persons who have been the victim of a manufacturer’s negligence. Contact us at (319) 294-4424 to schedule a free consultation.
What to Do If Your Accelerator Sticks
Defective accelerators can significantly increase your risk of a collision. To decrease your risk of an accident when your accelerator becomes stuck, attempt to do the following:
- Remain as calm as possible
- Begin trying to dislodge the accelerator by pushing on the brakes firmly.
- If the accelerator is still lodged, put your car in neutral
- If you cannot put the car in neutral, turn off the ignition but do not remove the key
- Put your hazard lights on and pull off the side of the road
Regrettably, it may be impossible for you to avoid a crash when your accelerator malfunctions, despite your best effort to employ the responses outlined above.
Do not allow a manufacturer’s negligence to go unpunished if it has resulted in injury to you or damage to your vehicle. Contact the Cedar Rapids auto defect attorneys of Leehey Olson Law, P.C., at (319) 294-4424 if you have been harmed due to a defective accelerator.