Chicago Car Tire Blowout Accident Lawyer
A tire blowout car accident could occur anytime a tire deflates rapidly. Many times, a tire blowout can create disastrous results.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are an estimated 23,000 vehicle accidents and 500 deaths every year concerning tire blowouts.
An Illinois Auto Tire Blowout Injury Attorney can Help
When a car tire blowout accident occurs in Chicago, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is committed to holding all responsible parties fully accountable for their acts.
Even though Illinois motorists can drive their car thousands of miles without ever experiencing a problem, blowouts occur all too frequently. The blowout often causes the driver to lose control of the vehicle and roll it over or strike another car.
Tire Blowout Car Accident FAQs
Is a Tire Blowout Considered an Accident?
Most insurance companies do not consider paying tire blowouts accident claims unless there is significant property damage or collision with another object or vehicle. However, an investigator might determine that the tire company manufactured a faulty product or retreaded/recapped the tire used in a passenger vehicle or commercial truck.
Your insurance coverage might pay for extensive damage done if your vehicle hit bits of tire rubber on the highway or side of the road.
Can You Die from a Tire Blowout?
According to the NHTSA, at least 400 individuals die, and nearly 80,000 are injured in crashes caused by tire blowouts. Some of the common causes of tire blowouts include hitting objects, punctured tires, driving through potholes, traveling at high speeds, overloading the vehicle, or driving on an old or flattened tire.
What Causes a new Tire to Blowout?
Underinflation and overheated tires are the common causes of tire blowouts. Under-inflated tires could cause a rupture to the tire tread or allow easy puncturing of sharp objects through the steel radial belt.
Traveling at high speeds on hot roads can generate heated internal air from the rubber's friction with the road surface, leading to a blowout of the tire's sidewall.
What do I do if I Hit a Tire Blowout?
Traveling at high speed on the highways and hitting a tire blowout could cause significant damage and the loss of control of the vehicle. In these scenarios, ensure you maintain a firm grip with both hands on the steering wheel.
Pump the brakes lightly (do not slam) while gradually slowing the vehicle down. Pull off the highway to the side of the road while maintaining a slow, safe speed.
Once stopped, activate the vehicle's emergency flashers. If needed, call for emergency services to check the vehicle before adding back out on the road and exit the vehicle on the side away from traffic, if it is safe.
Do Tire Warranties Cover Blowouts?
The warranty issued by the tire manufacturer is usually limited to tire blowouts caused by defects only. If the blowout resulted from underinflation or excessive heat, the serious life-threatening hazard might be your responsibility.
Some drivers maintain extended warranty coverage on their vehicle's wheels and tires.
Can a Slow Tire Leak Cause a Blowout?
A slow tire leak can cause a hazardous condition, especially if the tire's air runs flat. A flat tire can cause a loss of control and place other motorists and passengers at risk of collision.
All slow leaks must be fixed immediately to minimize the potential of damage to the tire's tread.
Causes of Tire Blowouts
Problems with car tires can put the motorist and their passengers in the way of extreme harm. Nearly every responsible driver changes their oil routinely and tunes their engine as scheduled as outlined in the owner's manual.
However, many drivers all too frequently forget to check their tires, placing them at risk of a blowout. Numerous scenarios contribute to a blowout that can cause a car or truck accident. Some of these include:
- Hitting a curb
- Low tire pressure (underinflated air pressure)
- Tire puncture (blowout tires)
- Tractor-trailer overloading
- Driving at high speeds
- Defective tires
- Potholes and other road hazards
- Old tire
- Oversteering where the driver turns the steering wheel too sharply, causing a spin-out or rollover
- Carrying too much weight for the tire to handle (vehicle overloading causing a blown tire)
Tire Structural Problems Contributing to Failure While Driving
Often, a tire blowout car accident results from a defective tire caused by a structural defect or an error during the manufacturing process. Even a minor tire defect caused during the manufacturing process can lead to deadly tread separation.
When the tread separates from the tire's main body, it can cause serious injury and extensive property damage. Often, tire separation will occur when the car travels at excessive speed or in sweltering weather, resulting in serious accidents with fatalities.
Common separation problems include a metal belt materials failure where the metal loses its bond to the rubber. Usually, the metal belt is constructed with a brass plate that is bonded with a sulfur-based rubber compound to the tire.
However, if the sulfur chemical composition's strength is compromised or the brass coating oxidizes, the component can fail and separate. Other structural problems with tire bonding that could lead to tread separation include:
- Improperly sized parts
- Below optimal temperatures
- Contaminated materials, including those that contain oxidation, rust, moisture, or grease sawdust
- Outdated bonding ingredients
Common Injuries Caused by Tire Blowouts
A tire blows out can create a hazardous and sometimes fatal situation for all motorists and passengers on the roadway. Because of that, it is essential to keep tires routinely maintained and adequately inflated.
Blowouts that cause motor vehicle accidents often involve injuries to the motorist, passengers, and others traveling the road. Tire blowouts cause various injuries, including an injury to the back, neck, teeth, face, and wrists.
Also, severe injuries include:
Minimizing the Potential of an Accident Involving a Failing Tire
Blowouts can occur anytime, even while driving on high-quality tires. Anytime the tire blows, the motorist usually reacts by veering the car toward the side where the tire blew. Because of that, the loss of a front tire can be hazardous.
A rear tire blowout tends to make the car behave much like skidding on ice. Following National Safety Commission recommendations are crucial to minimizing the potential of an accident, including:
- Lift the foot off the accelerator and do not apply brakes.
- Focus on steering the vehicle in the direction you wish to go while fighting the natural inclination to "oversteer" in a dangerous direction.
- Slow the car's speed down gradually.
- Only then apply the brakes softly.
- Finally, steer the vehicle off the road.
Seek Legal Help After a Chicago Car Tire Blowout Accident
Our car accident lawyers advise motorists and passengers injured in an Illinois car crash involving a tire blowout to seek medical attention first before hiring legal counsel to receive financial compensation. Experienced attorneys can develop a robust case for compensation by determining every party responsible for the blowout.
Successful claims are often based on proving defective design or manufacturing mistakes by the tire manufacturer, along with issues involving the installer or tire repair service.
Were you, or a loved one, injured in a tire blowout car accident? If so, speak with a car accident attorney today. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC offers an initial, free consultation. Contact the law firm at (888) 424-5757 or fill out our contact form.
Our personal injury attorneys will evaluate specific information concerning your crash and provide you legal counsel on how to best proceed with your claim.?