A tire blowout car accident can 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. When a car-tire blowout accident occurs in Chicago, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers 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. Many times, the blowout causes the driver to lose control of the vehicle, and roll it over or strike another car.Car Tire Blowout Causes
Problems with car tires can put the motorist and their passengers in extreme harm’s way. Nearly every responsible driver will ensure that their oil is changed routinely and the engine gets a tune up, but all too frequently forget to check their tires. Numerous scenarios contribute to a blowout that can cause an accident. Some of these include:
- Hitting a curb
- Low tire pressure
- Tire puncture
- Overinflated tire
- Defective tires
- Old tire
- Carrying too much wait for the tire to handle
Many times, a tire blowout car accident is the result of a defective tire. This can be caused by a structural defect or an error in the manufacturing process. Even a minor defect in the tire caused during the manufacturing process can lead to tread separation. When the tread separates from the main body of the tire, it can cause serious injury and extensive property damage. Often times, tire separation will occur when the car travels at excessive speed, and can often result in fatalities.
Common separation problems include a failure of the tire’s metal belt materials in their ability to stay bonded to the rubber. Usually, the metal belt has a brass plate that has been bonded to the tire using a sulfur-based rubber compound. However, if the sulfur chemical composition is not optimal, or the tire’s brass coatings oxidize, the component fails and separates.
Other structural problems with tire bonding that could lead to tread separation include:
- Improper sized parts
- Below optimal temperatures
- Contaminated materials including those that contain oxidation, rust, moisture, and/or grease sawdust
- Outdated bonding ingredients
Anytime a tire blows out, it 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 properly maintained in inflated. When blowouts occur and cause an accident, it often involves injuries to the motorist, passengers, and others traveling the road. Tire blowouts cause a variety of injuries including those involving the back, neck, teeth, face, and wrists. In addition, severe injuries include:
Even while driving on good tires, a blowout is always possible. Anytime the tire blows, the motorist typically wants to veer the car toward the side where the tire blew. Because of that, the loss of a front tire can be extremely treacherous. A rear tire blowout tends to make the car behave much like skidding on ice. To minimize the potential of an accident, it is important to follow recommendations by the National Safety Commission that includes:
- Lift the foot from 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 “over steer”
- Slow the car down gradually
- Only then, apply the brakes softly
- Finally steer the vehicle off the road
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers advise motorists and passengers injured in an Illinois car crash involving a tire blowout to seek medical attention first, and then get legal counsel to receive financial compensation. Experienced attorneys can develop a strong case for recompense by determining all parties responsible for the blowout. Successful claims are often based on proving defective design or manufacturing by the tire manufacturer, along with issues involving the installer, or tire repair service.
If you have suffered injuries in a tire blowout car accident, it is imperative to speak with an attorney. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers offer a free initial, no-obligation case evaluation. Contact the law firm at (888) 424-5757 or fill out our contact form, where the attorney will evaluate information concerning the crash and provide legal counsel on how to best proceed with your claim.