While a tire blowout can often seem like more of an inconvenience than a real danger, serious auto accidents are a very common hazard of tire blowouts. In fact, a recent study revealed that about 6.7 percent of accidents are caused by tire blowouts. What happens is that the violent blowout causes the driver to lose control of the vehicle and collide into another vehicle or damage stationary property. A tire blowout could even cause a driver to swerve into an innocent pedestrian.
Luckily, only 13 percent of tire blowout accidents involve multiple vehicles. On the other hand, these crashes, unfortunately, tend to have serious injuries—or even fatalities—and take both drivers by surprise. Since tire blowouts happen suddenly and can cause a driver to swerve without warning, it is difficult to drive defensively and prevent collision. Unless a driver can quickly react to the blowout and quickly pull off the road, there is little chance of preventing collision.
Because of the risks of tire blowouts and the difficulty in controlling the car to prevent an accident from following in the wake of the blowout, it is important to do everything you can to prevent tire blowouts from happening in the first place. These six preventative steps will help you avoid a costly tire blowout accident.
If you take proper care of your tires by doing these things, you will be much less likely to have a tire blowout accident. Unfortunately, some people are negligent about caring for their tires, putting you at risk. Other times, a defective tire itself or poor workmanship by a mechanic can make you more likely to get into a tire blowout accident. When this happens, it can be difficult to hold the responsible party liable.
You may deserve compensation for accidents caused by the negligence of another driver or a third party. That’s why the experienced lawyer at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. have dedicated themselves to fighting for your rights. Our car accident attorneys serve clients throughout the Chicago area, including Aurora, Elgin, Hinsdale, Joliet, Naperville, and Waukegan. If you have been in a tire blowout accident or other collision, call us today at (312) 236-2900 for a free consultation on your case.