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Bicycle brakes must be properly maintained and replaced as needed, depending on how often you ride your bike and terrain type. Properly maintained brakes can prevent accidents, allow cyclists to maintain control of their bike in a wide range of conditions and ensure a safer ride. There are many types of bike brakes, each of which will require routine maintenance, tune ups, and replacement, over time. Failing to stay on top of maintaining and monitoring your bike brakes can cause or contribute to an accident, which can lead to severe, life-threatening injuries or fatalities.
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    What Types of Braking Systems Are Available?

    Rim brakes are the most common type of braking system used and remain a popular option due to their beginner-friendly design that makes routine maintenance and adjustments easier than other types of bicycle brake options. Rim brakes consist of caliper arms and brake pads that press against the rims of the bicycle wheel.

    There are a few different categories of rim brakes, including:

    • Caliper brakes
    • V-brakes
    • Cantilever brakes

    Disc brakes are often used by serious cyclists and have a reputation for their effectiveness, difficult maintenance needs, and better modulation and stopping power compared to rim brakes. However, because this braking system is complex and difficult to adjust, they can require professional maintenance. Disc brakes are available in a few style options, including:

    • Mechanical disc brakes
    • Hydraulic disc brakes

    Coaster brakes are often found on city bikes and beach cruisers.
    Drum brakes are considered reliable and easier to work on and maintain compared to disc brakes but lack the modulation disc braking systems offer.

    What Causes Bike Brake Failure?

    Brakes can fail due to various reasons, potentially leading to accidents. Common causes of brake failure include:

    • Hydraulic fluid leaks
    • Damages brake lines
    • Inadequate cable tension
    • Worn brake pads
    • Poor maintenance
    • Worn brake pads
    • Defective brakes

    If you're involved in an accident with a motorist that was partially caused by brake failure, liability can vary depending on the circumstances.

    When liability is unclear, speaking with an experienced bicycle accident lawyer can help you learn whether you have a valid claim for compensation and who can be held liable for your bike accident, whether it’s the motorist, or the bike brake manufacturer, or both.

     

    What Should I Do If I Was Struck By a Negligent Motorist?

    Brake failure is not the only cause of collisions involving drivers. In many cases, when an auto accident involving a bicyclist occurs, it’s caused by driver negligence, including failure to yield, reckless driving, distracted driving, or driving under the influence. If you were struck by a motorist, speaking with a bicycle accident lawyer at MVP Accident Attorneys can help you determine the best way to pursue compensation. A bicycle accident lawyer can identify the liable party, prove negligence, and help you fight for compensation that can cover the cost of your accident-related injuries, and other damages.

    Contact Us Today!

    If you were struck by a motorist, but it’s unclear whether your accident was caused by faulty bike brakes or a negligent driver, contact a bicycle accident attorney at MVP Accident Attorneys today to schedule a free consultation.

    We can meet with you to assess your case, determine if you have a valid claim, and explain your legal rights and options. Contact us today to learn more.

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    Brett S. Sachs graduated from Michigan State University College of Law with Cum Laude Honors. While attending Michigan State, Brett was awarded for his service in the Michigan State University College of Law Civil Rights Clinic, where he represented prisoners of the Michigan Department of Corrections from injustices brought upon them. Learn more.

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