When traveling on the roadway, there are many reasons that an auto collision can occur. From distracted driving to drunk drivers, accidents can occur due to the negligence of others at any time. One risk factor that many do not consider is defective tires. At Cueria Law Firm, we know that tires can be defective and cause accidents. For drivers, they know that their tires are going to get them from here to there but forget that the tires might not always be reliable. Regular maintenance is a must, but sometimes, tires are defective and will cause an accident no matter how well taken care of.
Did a Tire Blowout Cause A Car Crash and Injury?
Thousands of car crashes happen every year due to tire blowouts. When a tire blowout occurs, the tire will lose air quickly and in an explosive manner. The driver can lose control of the vehicle and an accident can occur. Rollovers can take place as well as the vehicle moving into the oncoming lane of traffic. Single vehicle accidents and multi-vehicle incidents can be attributed to a tire blowout. Passengers and the drivers, as well as any individuals passing by on foot or bicycle, can be harmed.
If the tire blowout occurred due to a defective tire, you may have a product liability claim against the manufacturer. The retailer or distributor may also be held liable depending on your individual situation. With the help of our New Orleans personal injury law firm, we can review your legal options and determine the best way to recover compensation. Our attorneys will work with you to recover as much as we can so that your medical bills and lost wages are covered as well as any other expenses, losses or damage.
How Dangerous Defects Cause Tire Blowouts
In the United States, millions of tiers have been recalled within the past ten years. Even the most reputable companies will experience a recall of tires due to defective design. Common design flaws can include issues with tread separation which can lead to a tire blowout. Tires are created with several layers so that the tires can function properly. When the layers stick to each other, the tire is defective as the tread can separate during operation of the vehicle.
Manufacturers of tires must use quality materials for the construction of the tires, so they will work well for consumers. The driver is put at risk when substandard materials are used. Mechanics also must be reliable when installing tires. If the wrong tires are used or the tires are installed incorrectly, it can lead to an accident. Low pressure is also an issue. Drivers must remain responsible and keep tire pressure are the proper levels in order to avoid an accident.
Factors of Tire Blowouts and How to Prevent Them
Tire blowouts can occur for a number of reasons. Improper maintenance, tire defects, poor road conditions and overloaded trailers are contributing factors. Blowouts are often unpreventable but there are steps drivers can take to ensure safety on the roadways. This includes checking tires regularly for visible damage, cuts or cracks in the rubber, bulges due to damage inside the tire and breaks in the fabric.
If you experience a tire blowout, keep calm. Slowly take your foot off the gas instead of slamming on your brakes. Coast away from traffic and try to stop on the shoulder of the road. Turn on emergency flashers until help can arrive. Remove yourself from the vehicle if possible and stand far away to ensure safety until help arrives.