Tire Blowout Accidents Claims
A tire blowout accident happens when an automobiles tire swiftly deflates. Usually, tire blowouts end in dreadful, destructive results. According to tire giant Michelin, tire blow outs lead to 23,000 collisions and 500 fatalities annually.
Although the majority of Oklahoma's more than 2.5 million licensed drivers will travel thousands of miles before encountering an issue, tire blowouts happen more frequently than one may think. While every tire blow out doesn't lead to an auto accident, the sudden equipment failure can cause a motorist to lose control of their vehicle and collide with another car or, in many cases, rollover.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a tire blow out accident, you may be eligible to pursue compensation for your damages in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. The Tulsa car accident lawyers of Edwards Law Firm can inform you of your legal rights as an accident victim.
Find out whether you have a case today by calling us toll free at 1-800-304-9246.
Causes of Tire Blowout
Tire blowouts can be caused by a number of factors, most relating to proper tire maintenance. Other factors include environmental conditions such as weather and temperature, and a drivers experience and familiarity with a vehicle.
Some common causes of tire blow out include:
- Improper tire pressure
- Worn tread
- Tread damage
- Tread separation
- Aged tires
- Collision with curb
- Overweight load
- Debris or other road conditions
- Defects or manufacturing errors
Some modern vehicles use a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) to alert motorists when a tire is over-, or under-inflated. Proper tire inflation provides optimal gas mileage, improves handling and extends the life of your tires.
Proper tire pressure, along with sufficient tread, is a very important part of maintaining a vehicle. Your automobiles user manual details what size and type of tires to use, and in most vehicles, the proper pressure is listed on a sticker inside the drivers side door. The pressure listed on the tire itself is the maximum pounds per square-inch, or PSI, that the tire can hold. Follow the information listed for your vehicle, not the PSI listed on the tire.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 25% of vehicles that caused a tire-related accident had tires with a tread depth less than 2/32 of an inch. Tread is essential to the functioning of a tire, which is why drivers must replace their tires as they become worn.
Unfortunately, some tire blowouts are not caused by old, worn tread, but by defects that occurred during the manufacturing process. Tire tread separation is a dangerous defect that may be caused by a manufacturer and one that can cause extensive property damage and devastating injuries. At high speeds, tread separation often ends in fatality.
Tread separation, whether partial or full, happens when the metal belt material fails to bond with the rubber tread. Typically, the metal is plated with brass and bonded with a rubber compound that contains sulfur. The components may not adhere if the brass coating oxidizes or the chemical composition of the materials is incorrect.
Some other manufacturing errors that can lead to tread separation include:
- Sub-optimal temperatures during assembly
- Expired bonding agents
- Improperly sized components
- Materials contaminated by rust, sawdust, grease, oxidation, moisture or cigarette refuse
If a tires tread separates and results in a car crash, the manufacturer may be liable for the damages caused by their negligence.
Injuries Commonly Sustained in a Tire Blowout Accident
A tire blowout can lead to dangerous circumstances for any vehicle in proximity. Severe injuries can affect not only the occupants of a vehicle with the blown tire, but other drivers and passengers, pedestrians and cyclists. A tire blowout can also lead to impact with any nearby objects, such as guardrails, lampposts and concrete dividers.
Some common injuries experienced in tire blowout accidents include:
- Back and neck trauma
- Dental trauma
- Facial disfigurement
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord damage
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Wrist damage
Our legal professionals recommend that anyone who's been injured in a motor vehicle collision seek immediate medical attention. Any medical documentation can be used by our attorneys as evidence against a negligent party in a court of law.
Injured? Contact Our Oklahoma Lawyers Today
A blown tire can lead to serious accidents and severe injuries. If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident because of tire failure, the victim may be entitled to compensation. The auto accident lawyers at Edwards Law Firm have the expertise, knowledge and passion for the law to defend victims like you in the courtroom.
Our legal team offers decades of combined experience and dedication to each of our clients.
Find out how our expertise can benefit you call 1-800-304-9246 today to discuss the merits of your case with one of our professionals.