An accelerator pedal can get stuck for many different reasons: unlubricated and sticky car accelerator components, worn out or broken accelerator cables and rods, and items lodged under the gas pedal, such as carpets. When facing such a dangerous scenario, most drivers would try to unjam the gas pedal, when in fact the right thing to do is to try to stop the vehicle from moving.
In trying to stop a moving vehicle with a sticky accelerator pedal, it is important to remember that suddenly slamming on the hand brake would make the car spin. You can safely stop the vehicle by firmly pressing and holding the brake pedal to slow down the car’s acceleration. If the brake pedal feels spongy, never attempt to pump the brakes, as removing the pressure from the brake pedal may cause the car to regain its speed.
While holding the brake pedal, attempt pressing the clutch and shifting to neutral. This move will effectively cut the engine’s ignition. As the vehicle coasts, slowly pull over to the hard shoulder for safety.
Situations like this might be a result of a car manufacturer’s negligence in ensuring that each of the car’s parts was produced and installed within safety standards. To learn how to file for legal action against a negligent car manufacturer, speak with a Wisconsin-based product liability attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling (414) 271-0900 today.