Tire blowouts are common occurrences, and many people do not think to ask "what caused it?" When, however, a blowout causes a car accident and accident injuries, determining the reason for that blowout becomes more critical.
Causes of tire blowouts can range from improper tire maintenance to serious tire defects. How do you know if you are the victim of a tire defect? Evidence on the road and the tire itself may hold clues.
For example, industry and highway safety experts, along with car accident lawyers , may be able to find evidence of:
- Belt separation
- Tread separation
- Inadequate adhesion between the tire's rubber and metal components
- Defects in steel belted radials
- Errors in installing the tires
If evidence of any of these potential defects is present, the manufacturer or seller of the tire may be liable for the accident.
In other cases, the car's owner could be held responsible for failure to properly maintain the tires. Proper maintenance includes:
- Checking tire pressure at least once a month
- Inspecting tires for signs of wear or foreign objects
- Checking your tire's tread and replacing tires when necessary
- Having your vehicle's alignment and tire balance examined
- Rotating your tires every 5,000 miles
Overloading a vehicle or towing a trailer can also add pressure to the tires and cause tire blowouts.
No matter what the cause of your tire blowout accident, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries. Learn more by visiting our page on San Diego tire defects.
Source: NHTSA, "Tire Safety: Everything Rides on It"