Many things can contribute to a car accident. Another driver on the road may be operating their vehicle negligently and cause a collision. In other circumstances, a tire blowout may be the cause. Whatever the reason, car accidents can be quite dangerous causing great harm to those inside the vehicles.
Causes of a tire blowout:
Blowouts are the result of air escaping from the tire, slowly or all at once. The escape of pressure leaves the tire with less air pressure than necessary to support the car's weight.
Not having enough pressure in your tires forces the rubber to work harder than it should. Working past the limits of the tire's design causes the tire to get too hot, breaking down its internal structure and, ultimately, causing a blowout.
Some cars have automatic warning lights to notify the driver when the tire pressure dips below a safe level. If this warning light fails, the vehicle manufacturer may be liable or partially liable for the tire blowout.
Old tires may be the cause of the blowout:
Another possible cause of a tire blowout can be old tires. When tires go beyond a certain mileage point, it is typically advised to change the tires. There is no hard-and-fast rule for the maximum amount of mileage on tires or the age of the tires prior to their reaching their safe shelf life. Having tires regularly checked is advised for all drivers.
Tire users may be sold old tires without their knowledge. Some tire manufacturers or sellers may not reveal the actual age of the tires at the time of sale. Even if the tires are new, they may have been sitting in a warehouse for multiple years before use. An aging tire can lead to the tread of the tire coming loose and causing a blowout while the car is in motion.
Know what to do in the event of a tire blowout:
The National Safety Council recommends during a blowout; you first need to avoid swerving into another lane or hitting the brakes halting to a dangerously slow speed. In order to safely maneuver the vehicle during a blowout:
• Keep pressure on the accelerator -- or maybe even increase speed a bit -- in order for your vehicle to maintain its forward momentum.
• Steer in the opposite direction of the vehicle pull. For example, if the vehicle is pulling left, steer right.
Once you have the vehicle under control, you can pull to the shoulder or another safe location.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car crash as a result of a tire blowout, contact Chelsie King Garza. Allow Ms. Garza to investigate the cause and hold those responsible accountable for their neglect.