Tires tend to be one of the most overlooked pieces of equipment on a vehicle despite the fact that they bear the entire weight of the vehicle and without them; the vehicle would not be able to go anywhere. The safety of a vehicle’s occupants relies on the quality and dependability of its tires and tire companies are hiding the fact that their tires are far more prone to failure than people believe. Tire blow outs and tread separation are the cause thousands of accidents each year and in many of these cases, the tires were well maintained and blew out due to defects in the design or material of the tire rather than improper maintenance.
The Main Causes of Tire Failures In Cars
The most common tire defects all point to the ability of the tire to bond or adhere to the rim. Defective adhesives, impurities in the materials that the tire is comprised of and the age of the tire all play a role in the effectiveness of the tire, the manner in which it wears while on the road and the likelihood that it will blow out. In some cases, customers are sold tires that are old and have been exposed to the elements. Heat and friction can cause the materials to degrade and many tires are stored outdoors where weather and other factors can affect them in adverse ways.
The Impact of Tire Failure on Vehicle Control
Tests have been conducted in which professional drivers were given advance notice of an impending tire blowout and were unable to safely maintain control of the vehicle even though they had been anticipating the tire failure. If professionals are unable to maintain control of a vehicle in such a situation, regular people who are not expecting a blowout cannot be expected to either. When a tire blows out, it can make it nearly impossible to steer the vehicle and it may even cause the vehicle to roll over.
Important First Steps to Take After an Accident Caused by Tire Failure
Whenever you are in an accident, it is important to preserve as much of the evidence as possible so that your legal representative can determine the cause of the accident. It is even more important to do this in the event of tire failure because without the physical evidence, it can be extremely difficult to prove your case. Do not allow your vehicle or tires to be destroyed or sent to a junk yard after your accident and make sure to talk to whoever you need to in order to preserve the car for examination by your auto product liability attorney.
Tire failure can cause devastating accidents that inflict serious or fatal injuries upon not only the occupants of the vehicle, but innocent bystanders as well. If you have been in an accident because your tires failed unexpectedly, the auto product liability attorneys here at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers would like to fight on your behalf to hold tire companies accountable and to ensure that your financial needs are met. Recovering from your injuries will be challenging enough without the need to overcome the financial burden that comes with medical care, physical therapy and time off of work.
We are confident enough in our ability to collect what you are entitled to that we promise never to ask for payment unless we do so. Contact us today for a free consultation so that we can get to work for you right away. We will go through all of the details of your case and explain what you can expect throughout the entire process.