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Tire Safety

Posted by on Sep 13, 2014 in Car Accidents, Personal Injury, Product Liability | 1 comment

The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) provides an online tire safety checklist for all drivers that want to monitor the durability of their tires. In addition to safety tips, the brochure provides maintenance recommendations and a grading system for tire quality. Monitoring the quality of tires could make the difference in avoiding a tire blowout on a crowded highway.

As the brochure recommends, drivers should check their tire pressure to make sure that one low tire pressure isn’t causing the other tires to perform undue work. Another measure to avoid unnecessary pressure is to not exceed the maximum recommended weight load of the vehicle. When they notice it, drivers should remove debris (like glass and rocks) from their wheel tread while checking for unusual wear patterns. Valve caps should always be on the tires in order to avoid premature deflation.

Once on the road, drivers should avoid driving over potholes and curbs if at all possible. Hitting these uneven surfaces (at any speed) can cause a spontaneous tear or eruption of the tire. Sometimes tire accidents cause severe damages to drivers and passengers. Some car accidents related to tire malfunctions cause the vehicle to lose balance and roll while travelling at high speeds.  Rollover accidents are extremely dangerous and can result in serious spinal trauma.

According to the website of the attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP, factors that lead to faulty tires are tread separation, weak support cabling, defective rubber composite, and side wall defects. Despite exercising caution and proper safety procedures, some tire problems aren’t able to be avoided. In the event that someone is harmed due to a crashed caused by defective tires the manufacturer of the faulty tire could be held legally responsible.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car accident due to defective tires, you may be able to get compensation for your injuries. Contact a personal injury lawyer today to discuss your options more in depth. An experienced attorney will be able to help you through this difficult time, offering you moral and legal support.

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  1. Dan Rottier

    It’s nice to see that rollover rates in SUVs and other vehicles have been on the decline since the late 90s.

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