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How Common Are Tire Blowouts?

As a North Carolina injury attorney knows, there are many reasons why a car accident can occur – from driver error to manufacturing defects. One frequent cause of accidents is tire blowouts. Drive down any highway and you will likely see pieces of tires that have exploded while the vehicle was traveling laying across the road.

When a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed blows a tire, the blowout immediately causes the car to slow down and pull to either the left or right. This action can cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle and this can result in a serious to fatal crash, especially if there are other vehicles around.

While some issues are out of a driver’s control, maintaining tires is one that can be addressed and will minimize the risk of causing tire blowout accidents.

Tire Pressure

The air pressure for tires is measured in pounds per square inch (PSI or psi). The correct amount of air pressure a vehicle’s tire should have can be found in the owner’s manual. It can also be found on the tire information label that car manufacturers place on the inside of the driver’s door. A tire that has pressure that is too low or too high is a risk of a blowout.

Tire Size

Tires come in all different sizes. The correct size for a vehicle is determined by the manufacturer and is based on the make and model of the vehicle. This information can also be found in the owner’s manual and the tire label. While it may be tempting to purchase tires that are a different size because they are less expensive, this can be dangerous, no matter what speed a vehicle is traveling.

Tire Tread

The tread of the tire is how that tire grips and obtains traction on the road. If a tire’s tread is worn down, the tire is unable to grip properly and doesn’t have sufficient traction. This can cause the vehicle to slip and slide, especially in bad weather conditions. A quick and easy way to check a tire’s tread is to take a penny and place it in the tread upside down, with the head's side facing you. If you can see the top of the head, this means there is not enough tread on the tires.

Rotating Tires

It is highly recommended that vehicle owners periodically rotate their tires in order to help decrease the chance of irregular wear patterns. This helps extends the life of the tire. In most cases, it is recommended tires be rotated every 5,000 to 8,000 miles.

Balance and Alignment of Tires

It is also recommended that owners have a mechanic periodically check the balance of the tires to make sure that the wheels are rotating correctly. Unbalanced tires can cause the vehicle to shake and this can end up causing a crash. The tires should also be checked to make sure they are all aligned correctly. If they are not, this can cause the vehicle to veer to one side or the other when the vehicle is in motion, again potentially leading to an accident.

Have You Been Injured?

If you have been injured in a crash caused by another vehicle’s tire blowout – or any other reason – you need a skilled North Carolina car accident attorney advocating for you. Call Shapiro, Appleton & Washburn today to schedule a free case evaluation and find out how our firm can help you get the compensation you deserve.

 

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