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Car Accidents & Tire Blowouts: What to Know

National Tire Safety Week is slated for May 28–June 3, 2017. The purpose of the week is to educate motorists about the importance of tire maintenance and safety. It also serves as a reminder to check your tires, including tire pressure, tread, and overall condition. Ensuring your tires are in optimal shape helps prevent a blowout. Unsafe tires are a major cause of accidents, so car accident attorneys in Huntsville recommend you habitually spend five minutes every month checking your tires.

Check Your Tires to Prevent Blowout

Many different factors can cause a tire blowout, but the result is the rapid loss of tire pressure. Blowouts often cause you to lose control of your vehicle and potentially crash. Properly maintaining your tires helps you avoid blowouts. Maintenance should include:

  • Check tire pressure with an appropriate tire pressure gauge.
    • Ensure properly inflation of tires at least once per month.
    • Check pressure, even if you have a tire pressure monitoring system.
    • Tires under-inflated even by as much as half may not appear flat.
  • Have a service technician periodically check your front end alignment.
  • Rotate your tires approximately every 5,000 miles to ensure uniform wear.
  • Monitor tire tread depth to ensure proper road grip. Visually check for damage and uneven wear, like unusually smooth spots or high and low areas.

Also, don’t forget to periodically check your spare tire. Since spares experience seldom use, they’re prone to aging. Even an unused tire still degrades over time. Visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website for numerous other tips to help you maintain your tires.

Crash Stats

Tire problems, especially under-inflation and tread wear, increase your risk of a tire-related crash. A study performed by the NHTSA reinforced the importance of proper tire maintenance. It showed that driving a vehicle with tires under-inflated by 25% or more put you at three times more risk of tire-related crashes.

Under-inflated tires handle sluggishly, take longer to stop, stress the individual tire components and cause heat buildup. Combined, this can lead to tire failure, including blowouts. Besides under-inflated tires, tire-related accidents occur more often with a worn tire tread; the likelihood of an accident jumps from 2.4% to 26%, stated a 2012NHTSA study on tread depth.

Half of all tire-related crashes involve a single vehicle and 69% of single vehicle accidents were tire related. In total, the NHTSA stated that 9% of all crashes in 2013 were tire-related crashes. Yearly estimates back this data up. According to SaferCar.com, there are nearly 11,000 tire-related motor vehicle accidents each year and almost 200 people will die in those crashes. Sadly, many of these collisions could be prevented with proper tire maintenance.

Hire Skilled Car Accident Attorneys in Huntsville

Injured in a tire-related crash? You need experienced car accident attorneys in Huntsville in your corner. So, call the personal injury lawyers at Pitman & Petro Attorneys at Law at 256-533-5000. We are available 24/7 for a free consultation.

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