Blowouts a Major Cause of Crashes
When considering possible causes of a car accident, we tend to think of things like driver error, distracted driving, or even debris entering the roadway. However, you may be driving around with a major cause of accidents on your car right now: old tires. If you can’t remember the last time you replaced–or even closely looked at—your tires, you may want to give them some attention, as tire blowouts can do a great deal of damage.
Blowouts occur when a tire violently and abruptly bursts, often leading to the driver losing control of the vehicle. When blowouts occur at high speeds or on the highway, they can cause serious car accidents. Blowouts can result from a number of different causes, including overloading the car to an excessive weight, over-inflation of the tire, excessive wear or damage to the tires, foreign items in the road, or a defect in the tire’s manufacture. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, rollover accidents—one of the most deadly form of auto accident—are often caused by tire blowouts.
Drivers have a duty to ensure that their cars are safe to be on the road. If a driver experiences a blowout that leads to a major crash, then that driver can potentially be held liable for injuries to other cars and drivers. Take time to check whether your tires are becoming worn down. If the tread is very low or threads are visible, it’s time to replace them. Make sure that your tires are inflated to the proper pressure, and do not attempt to carry more weight than is recommended for your tires.
Not all blowouts are caused by tires that had preexisting weaknesses or damage. A serious pothole, debris from construction or a prior accident, and other highly unsafe roadway conditions can cause damage to tires which leads immediately to a blowout. Going over a deep pothole can fray the threads inside of a tire and cause damage to tire treads. State and municipal governmental bodies have a duty to maintain reasonably safe roadways, and if those bodies have been notified of a dangerous condition but still failed to take action to repair it, those entities may be liable for damage which ensues from a blowout. Such claims against governmental bodies can be complex, so it is important to hire an attorney who is experienced in proving these sorts of claims against the government in order to ensure that you’re able to make a full recovery.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a crash caused by a blowout, contact the experienced New Jersey car accident attorney Andrew R. Jacobs for a consultation on your claim, at 973-532-9681.