You have been involved in a brake failure car crash or failure to properly stop vehicle collision. You’re not sure whether the at fault driver used the proper braking to stop on the road before hitting you. If somebody suddenly pulls out in front of you, your natural tendency is to hit the brakes to avoid a collision. Your natural tendency is generally a good response if there’s enough distance to stop before hitting another vehicle, and you were using your brakes correctly.
You should always brake in a way that will keep the car or truck in a straight line and allow you to turn your vehicle if it becomes necessary before crashing into another vehicle or object. You’re thinking maybe to avoid the crash, the driver should have used the controlled braking method or the stab braking method. If your brakes didn't work, the police can give a defective equipment civil infraction ticket with fines and penalties applicable. (See MCL 257.683(2)). If you weren't able to properly brake, the police can also give you defective brakes ticket if police inspection finds that the brakes were not properly maintained.
In Michigan, the law requires, "all brakes shall be maintained in good working order and shall be adjusted in a manner as to operate as equally as practicable with respect to the wheels on the opposite side of the vehicle." (See MCL 257.705(5)). In addition, Michigan law requires vehicles with brakes on all wheels should be able to decelerate 14 feet per second over 30 feet in a vehicle moving at 20 miles per hour. Vehicles that do not have brakes on all wheels should be able decelerate 10.7 feet per second over 40 feet in a vehicle moving at 20 miles per hour. (See MCL 257.705(2)).
The controlled braking method is a type of motor vehicle braking when you apply the brakes on your car or truck as hard as you can without locking the wheels. Keep your car’s steering wheel movements very small while doing this to keep the vehicle under control at all times. If you need to make a larger steering adjustment or if the car’s wheels lock, release the brakes. Re-apply the brakes as soon as you can to slow the vehicle down before hitting another vehicle or pedestrian on the roadway.
With the vehicle stab braking method, you would have applied your brakes all the way and then released brakes when wheels locked up. As soon as the wheels on your motor vehicle start rolling again, re-apply the brakes fully again. You would notice that it can take up to one second for the wheels unlock and start rolling after you release the brake pedal. If you then re-applied the brakes before the wheels start rolling, the vehicle won’t straighten out.
If you’re a driver that was faced with a braking emergency, emergency braking did not mean pushing down on the brake pedal as hard as you can. You probably discovered that you will only keep the wheels locked up and cause the vehicle to skid. If wheels started to skid, you cannot control the vehicle. Don’t find out the hard way proper braking techniques because you can injure or kill another vehicle driver.
Almost all vehicles including trucks, trailers, and cars are equipped with antilock braking system (ABS). ABS is a computer operated system that keeps your wheels from locking up during hard braking. ABS is an addition to your normal brakes. Antilock braking does not increase or decrease your vehicles normal braking capability.. The antilock system is usually activated only when your wheels are about to lock up. Antilock brakes do not ordinarily shorten the distance you need to stop before hitting another car. Basically, Antilock braking systems helps you keep control of your vehicle during hard braking.
The antilock braking systems work the same way in semi-trucks and passenger cars. The sensors detect potential wheel lock up through the electronic control module (ECM) and will automatically then decrease braking pressure to avoid wheel lockup so you don't skid into a vehicle. The antilock braking system adjusts the brake pressure to provide you with maximum braking without the danger of wheel lockup. Antilock brakes work a lot faster than you could ever react to potential wheel lockup. At all other times, your braking system works normally.
In order to reduce trucking accidents, the U.S. Department of Transportation requires ABS brakes exist on the following:
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