Q: I was recently issued a ticket for operating a car with faulty brakes. Can I hold the car manufacturer responsible?

A: In the state of Virginia, driving with faulty brakes can potentially lead to a misdemeanor reckless driving conviction—which is punishable by up to a year in jail, a $2,500 fine, and six points added to your driving record. Understandably, many drivers who are cited on this charge argue that the fault lies with the car rather than the operator, and seek to hold the manufacturer responsible for any damages (to the extent that's possible).

You'll have a much better chance of making a case against the car's manufacturer if you can show that your vehicle has been regularly and properly maintained, and that your mechanic hasn't made any improper adjustments to your braking system. It will also help, tremendously, if any evidence comes to light of other people having this problem. For example, Toyota made a practice of blaming individual drivers for recklessly operating one of its vehicle brands, until it surfaced that a manufacturing defect sometimes caused this car's accelerator to stick!

Only an experienced lawyer can tell you whether the circumstances of your reckless driving charge warrant bringing the car's manufacturer to account. Call the expert lawyers at Jarrell, Hicks & Waldman, PC; we'll fight aggressively to ensure that the proper parties are held responsible for your brake failure!