Tire blowouts can be a very frightening moment for all those involved, especially if a driver does not know how to properly handle the situation. Tire blowouts are also another cause of serious car accidents.
The Ohio Department of Public Safety Crash Facts recorded more than 290,000 auto collisions throughout the state, of these more than 130 were believed to have occurred when a motorist was operating the vehicle with defective equipment or failed to control the vehicle.
A tire blowout is the rapid loss of inflation pressure of a tire causing an explosion. There can be many causes of a tire blow out and thus they are often a cause of car accidents.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident that may have been caused by a tire blowout, the victim may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and expenses, property damage, lost wages, and more.
Causes Of A Tire Blowout
Although advancements in technology have aided in preventing a tire blowout, this type of incident is still something all motorists should be concerned about. Proper tire maintenance is a great way to avoid a tire blow out, however it is never a guarantee that the event could not still occur.
Some other common causes of a tire blow out include:
- Too little tire pressure
- Tire puncture
- Loading a vehicle with more weight than the tire can handle
- Hitting a curb
- Old tire damage
Tire defects and manufacturing problems can also cause tire blowouts. Drivers should be mindful of tire recalls as failing to comply with voluntary or required recalls could result in a tire blowout and serious car accident.
Tire Tread Separation
Another cause of a tire blowout is tire tread separation which is when the tread of a tire is separated from the body of the tire.
Some common causes of tire tread separation include
- Manufacturer defects
- Overinflating the tire
- Repeatedly driving through road hazards such as uneven roads or potholes
- Excessive tire wear
- Incorrect flat repair
A majority of the causes of tire tread separation are preventable so all motorists should be replacing their tires after the recommended mileage, avoid overinflating their tires, and is possible avoid road hazards that could cause tire thread separation and tire blowouts.
How To Handle A Tire Blowout
It is very important to know how to handle a tire blowout as it could prevent a serious accident from occurring. Keeping the vehicle, and yourself, under control can help you handle the situation.
If you have a tire blowout, consider taking the following steps:
- Do not slam on the breaks
- Do not release your foot from the accelerator immediately
- Slowly release the accelerator to slow down your speed
- If you need to switch lanes to get to the side of the road or exit the area, make sure to put on your turn signal
- Once your vehicle has slowed enough, roll the car into a safe area. Once you’re off the main road you can brake lightly to bring the vehicle to a complete stop.
Once the vehicle is in a safe location a person may follow the same procedures they would in any emergency such as turning on their hazard lights, using reflective triangles (if available), and calling for immediate assistance.
Braking immediately or over steering may cause the driver to lose control of the car or cause another vehicle to collide with your car.
Involved In A Crash? Contact Our Attorneys Today
If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident caused by a tire blowout, the victim may be entitled to make a personal injury claim. There are many causes of tire blowouts, including some that are at the hands of negligent parties such as tire manufacturers.
At O’Connor, Acciani & Levy, our Cincinnati personal injury lawyers are dedicated to providing injury victims with comprehensive legal counsel they need to get the compensation they deserve. For more than 30 years our law firm has been dedicated to helping the people of Greater Cincinnati.
Our main office is located in downtown Cincinnati, and we proudly serve the surrounding areas.
To find out how we may be able to help you with your claim, contact us toll free at (877) 288-3241 for a free, no-obligation initial consultation about your accident injuries.