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How to Handle a Stuck Accelerator in your Car

October 9, 2013

What to Do if Your Car’s Accelerator Gets Stuck

 

Stuck Car AcceleratorAutomobiles with defective accelerators have been in the news for the past few years, with numerous vehicle recalls due to faulty accelerators. One case from 2010, involves a woman who was unable to stop her car after her gas pedal became stuck. She approached speeds of 120 miles per hour. Amazingly, no one was injured.

When an accelerator malfunctions and sticks, you could be at serious risk of a car accident. While you can’t control a defective accelerator, you can be prepared to handle the situation and avoid an accident.

 

What to Do If Your Accelerator Sticks

If you are driving and your accelerator suddenly gets lodged or sticks, you need to make sure to remain as calm as possible and follow these steps:

  • Try pressing the brakes to see if you can slow the car down
  • Pull up on the accelerator with your foot
  • Shift the vehicle into neutral
  • If your car is still accelerating forward, turn the ignition off and pull off the road
  • If you are able, call the police to let them know what is happening

By having a plan, you can reduce your risk of an accident caused by a faulty accelerator.

Contact Us

If you are in a car accident due to a stuck accelerator, you will need both an auto accident lawyer and a product liability attorney to help you with your case. Car accidents can cause serious physical and emotional damage.  You shouldn’t also have to struggle with this unfortunate situation by yourself. Contact the Philadelphia auto accident lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams, today. We will discuss your case with you for free.

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