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25 Crash Causes: Tire Blowouts

A tire blowout happens when there is a rapid loss of inflation pressure that causes the tire to explode. Blowouts can result from low tire pressure, over-inflation, sudden damage or obstacle impact, design defect, or long-term wear and tear.

In the event that a tire bursts unexpectedly, the driver might lose control of his vehicle and crash into another motorist or pedestrian on the road. Additionally, studies have shown that over a quarter of rollover accidents are attributed to a tire-related problem, such as a blowout, loss of tire tread, tread separation, and bead unseating.

Tire blowouts are among the top 25 causes of car crashes — and can lead to severe injuries in the event the blowout causes a collision.

Tips for Preventing Tire Blowouts

Tires are more prone to fail during the warmer weather seasons. In fact, “tire-blowout season” is known to run from the middle of May through October. The combination of heat, speed, and an overloaded car can destroy poorly maintained tires. It is important to properly care for your tires and take the necessary precautions to prevent a potential blowout.

  • Maintain proper pressure. Although a vehicle’s tire pressure monitoring system should notify car owners of problems with significant deflation, it does not ensure proper tire pressure. Without the right amount of pressure, a tire’s internal components can weaken, overextend and fall apart over time. You should take the initiative to check your tires routinely with a gauge or take the car to a professional tire dealer for inspection.
  • Watch out for potholes and obstructions on the road. Not all roads are well-maintained, and hitting a rough patch can considerably damage your tires. A hard hit can pinch and fray the internals of a tire, degrading the rubber and treads. The effect might not be immediate, but can definitely contribute to a blowout in the future.
  • Avoid overloading your car. Whether you have a compact car or SUV, there is a limit to the maximum amount of weight your vehicle can handle without damaging its tires. The load index number embedded on a tire’s sidewall indicates the maximum weight it is designed to carry at max air pressure. You can translate the index figure into load in pounds using this chart.

How a Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help

Determining liability for a tire blowout accident can be tricky, especially if it involved debris on the road or a design defect. When an irresponsible driver with unrepaired or ill-maintained tires is negligent in causing your collision, you may have options for pursuing compensation for your injuries and other losses.

The knowledgeable Chicago personal injury attorneys at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. can help assess your individual case and clarify the appropriate course of action to take. We have experience in guiding many car accident victims through the legal process and helping our clients recover financially from their losses.

Want to learn more about how the Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. can serve you and your family? Contact our Chicago office today at (312) 236-2900 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your prospective legal claim.