How to avoid and also how to deal with a tire blowout

Have you ever noticed pieces of tire tread scattered across the highway? These are the result of tire separation or tire blowouts. A blowout occurs when a tire loses all pressure due to tire damage or wear. When this happens, the driver can lose control of the vehicle. 

How many deaths and injuries do blowouts cause?

Tire blowouts are a leading cause of Florida highway accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are an estimated 400 fatalities and over 10,000 non-fatal injuries resulting from flat tire/blowout crashes. Tire blowouts also cause over 23,000 tow-away crashes annually.

Why do tire blowout accidents occur?

Factors that contribute to tire blowout accidents include:

  • Defective tires
  • Tire mismatching
  • Improperly inflated tires (underinflated or overinflated)
  • Worn or poorly maintained tires
  • Potholes
  • Large cuts or gashes to the tire that cause rapid air loss
  • Small punctures to the tire that allow air to leak slowly until the tire pressure fails
  • Overloading a vehicle
  • Tire aging

Tips For Avoiding Cars Accident Caused By Blowouts

Here are some tips, from experienced car accident lawyers, to help you safely survive a blowout:

1. Prepare ahead of time. Periodically, check your tires for sufficient traction. Get your tires rotated and inspected every 5,000 to 10,000 miles and replace them when they are worn. You can check the tread by using the "penny test." Take a penny, and place it upside down with Lincoln facing you in the center of the tread at the thickest part of the tire. If you can see the top of Lincoln's head or any of the space above it, replace your tires immediately. It is also essential to check the tire air pressure. The correct tire pressure can be found in the vehicle manual and oftentimes can be found on a sticker affixed to the driver's door sill.

2. Continue your rate of speed immediately after the blowout.  A natural reaction is to immediately slam on the brakes after a tire blowout. It is important to preserve your car’s momentum and to slowly and safely decrease the vehicle speed so as not to lose control.

3. Gently counter-steer to offset pulling by the blown tire. This should decrease the chances of drifting into another lane or oncoming traffic and help you avoid inadvertently leaving your lane and possibly having a head on collision.

4. Once the car stabilizes, begin to slow down and carefully pull over to the side of the road. From there you can collect yourself and contact a tow truck operator to assist you.

5. Always drive a safe distance behind the car or truck ahead of you. This way, you can see foreign objects in the road, such as construction debris, fallen tree limbs and old tire treads, many of which are quite large and dangerous.

If you have have been injured in a Florida car accident that was caused by a tire blowout, it is important that you contact an experienced defective tire attorney. The attorney will retain the necessary experts that will be able to determine if a defective tire contributed to your accident.

As always, the personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Lewis & Williams are here to serve you and to equip you with the latest information that may impact you and your family. For more information feel free to call us today at 561-444-2260.

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