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 the way of extreme harm. Nearly every responsible driver changes their oil routinely and tunes their engine as scheduled. However, many drivers 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 weight for the tire to handle
Tire Structural Problems Contributing To Failure While Driving
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 that occurs 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 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 or in extremely hot weather, which can result in serious accidents with fatalities.
Common separation problems include a tire metal belt materials failure where the metal loses it 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 strength of the sulfur chemical composition 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, and/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- Outdated bonding ingredients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 properly inflated. Blowouts that cause 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. In addition, severe injuries include:
Minimizing the Potential of an Accident Involving a Failing Tire
Blowouts can occur anytime, even while driving on good 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 extremely dangerous. 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 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 “over steer” 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
Rosenfeld Injury 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 strong case for recompense by determining every party who is 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.
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. Our attorneys will evaluate specific information concerning your crash and provide you legal counsel on how to best proceed with your claim.