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When car accidents are caused by mechanical failures, they are often the result of tire malfunctions, such as blowouts or punctures. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, tire problems account for 35% of vehicle-related crashes. In 2017 alone, tire defects caused 738 motor vehicle deaths. Tire defects can happen suddenly, and lead to devastating accidents, causing serious personal injuries.
There are several causes of tire defects; most common are tire blowouts, improper installation of tires and defective tires.
Tire Blowouts: A tire blowout occurs when a tire rapidly deflates, usually because of a tear, rip or puncture in the tire. Common causes of blowouts are tread separation, excessive wear, debris on the road and over or under inflation resulting in improper PSI.
Experiencing a tire blowout can be a frightening ordeal and you may feel like you are losing control of your vehicle. In the event of a tire blowout, here are some steps you can take to attempt to avoid a crash:
- Firmly grasp the steering wheel with both hands;
- Slowly begin to release the accelerator;
- Keep the vehicle steady and on course with corrective steering; and
- Try to find a safe place to pull to the side of the road, and let your vehicle slow down.
Improper Installation: Mechanics may not be aware of your vehicle’s unique specifications. Every vehicle model has its own particular method of tire installation and mechanics may be unaware of the proper method or, in some cases, they may disregard it along with other safety precautions. This is extremely dangerous because improper installation can cause your vehicle to function improperly. Negligent tire installation usually occurs when lug nuts are not properly reattached and tires are improperly mounted, which can lead to tread imbalance.
Defective Product: In some cases, the tires on your car are faulty because they were manufactured improperly. That is, there was an inherent defect in the tire that caused the tire to fail. If this happens, you can file a product liability claim to hold the manufacturing company strictly liable for any injuries that you suffered as a result of the accident. Some common examples of tire defects include poor bonding between the rubber and steel, weak sidewalls and degraded rubber (often found on tires that are expired).
Mechanics and manufacturers who fail in their duty to safely repair and produce your tires leave you and your loved ones vulnerable to dangerous accidents. If this happens to you, or a loved one, you need the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. on your side. We will work diligently to investigate the cause of your tire defect accident.
Our team of highly experienced tire defect accident lawyers in Buffalo, New York will fight to get you the compensation that you deserve for your injuries. Recognized as a Best Law Firm of America, the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. has tried over 100 cases to verdict. Call us NOW at 716-839-3939 to schedule your free consultation.
Americans love to drive, and they do a lot of it. In 2017 alone, Americans drove their vehicles over 3.2 trillion miles. Tires become more susceptible to blowouts and defects when frequent friction with the road causes them to wear. It is important to keep an eye on the condition of your tires. Properly maintaining and replacing them will go a long way in ensuring the safety of yourself, your passengers and others on the road.
Some important things to look out for include:
Tire Pressure: Properly inflating your tires can save you $0.11 per gallon on gas, and increase the life of your tire by 4,700 miles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In order to maintain proper air pressure in your tires, you should:
- Check your vehicle manual to identify the proper PSI for your tires;
- Watch for indicators on your dashboard that indicate when your tire pressure is low; and
- Keep in mind that cold weather causes your tires to lose pressure.
Tread: Tread is the gripping action that prevents your vehicle from slipping and sliding across the road. It is crucial to regularly check the treads of your tires to ensure that your vehicle will have good traction. Worn or bald tires can cause you to lose control of your vehicle easily. Tires should be replaced when the treads are less than 2/32 of an inch. An easy trick to judge whether you need new tires is to take a penny and flip it upside down, then place it in between the treads of your tires. If you can see the top of Abraham Lincoln’s head—your treads are too low! You should check your tires about once a month to ensure that they are in proper condition to drive.
Alignment: Proper tire rotation and alignment is crucial to ensure that your tires grip the road and that your vehicle is balanced. Many people rely on trained professionals and mechanics to perform tire rotations. Tire rotations allow your tires to wear evenly and reduce the effects of pressure on your front tires. It is recommended that you rotate your tires every 5,000 to 10,000 miles.
If you, or a loved one, were seriously injured in a car accident caused by a tire defect, you want an experienced Buffalo, New York personal injury attorney to handle your claim. Recognized as a Best Lawyer of America, Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his team of tire defect accident lawyers in Buffalo, New York are dedicated to obtaining the best result for our clients. Since 2005, the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. has been adhering to the Golden Rule, and consistently fighting to obtain excellent results for our clients. Call us today at 716-839-3939 for your free consultation. Remember, there is never a fee until we win for you!
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