Tire Blowout Injuries
Being involved in a car accident is a terrifying experience for all persons involved. Tire blowouts are especially frustrating because they could happen at any time, and in some cases with no fault of your own.
So how does a tire blowout occur? Tire blowouts occur when the tire of a car explodes while in motion. For example, debris like gravel or sharp objects on the road can cause your tire to puncture and explode. Overloading your vehicle with too much weight can cause a blowout. A leak or even too much air pressure in your tires can throw them off-balance and lead to them exploding. There are many ways that a blowout can occur, which makes an accident claim sometimes tricky to prove who is at fault.
When drivers experience a tire blowout, they could have a very serious accident such as a crash, rollover, or accident involving another vehicle. Individuals have experienced everything from traumatic brain injuries (TBI) to permanent scarring, broken bones, lacerations, neck injuries, or even death as a result of an accident from a tire blowout.
Because there are many ways a tire blowout can occur, there are also several different parties that may be responsible. If a tire blowout occurred and caused an accident, then the negligent party could be the driver of the vehicle, the tire manufacturer or the government. In some cases, the driver of the car who’s tire blew out could be held responsible for not maintaining the air pressure in the tires. The tire manufacturer could be at fault if the tire was defective and the manufacturer was found guilty of negligence. The government could be at fault if the accident was due to poor road maintenance such as potholes.
Preventing Tire Blowouts
It is important to take the necessary steps to prevent a tire blowout from happening.
- Avoid hazardous roads. These include rough roads and construction zones.
- Get your tires inspected. Once a year you should have a mechanic do a thorough tire inspection to your vehicle.
- Change your tires regularly. The NHTSA recommends that tires be replaced every six years regardless of the number of miles driven.
- Check your tires. Keep an eye out for any cracks, dents, bumps, or weakened areas on the tires.
- Stay up to date on recalls.
If you were injured or others were harmed because of an accident caused by a tire blowout in the mid-south, you should speak to an auto accident attorney at the Cochran Firm as soon as possible.
Do I Need to Hire a Lawyer for Help with a Tire Blowout Lawsuit?
Car accident lawsuits can be complex and may require the assistance of a personal injury attorney. The Cochran Firm of the Mid-South can provide you with representation and can provide guidance during the process. We offer free, no-obligation consultations, so please do not hesitate to call our office today at 901-523-1222.