Car Collisions Happen When Tires Fail
When a tire fails and a car is in motion, the results can be disastrous and deadly. Particularly if the tire failure happens at high speeds. Plus, the tire failure can lead to cars close behind colliding, resulting in a multi-car collision.
Over 730 fatalities were due to tire-related failures in 2017, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Tire failures happen everywhere, and tire failure crashes have caused many injuries in Maryland. If you were hospitalized because of a blown tire, talk to a Baltimore car accident lawyer to understand your options.
Do Not Ignore Recall Notices
Too often, individuals get a recall notice in the mail from their car or tire manufacturer and ignore the information. Do not allow a recall to get lost in a pile of mail, take care of the issue immediately to keep yourself and your family safe. Sometimes, recalls are in effect because the issue has already clearly resulted in injury and death.
It is the responsibility of product manufacturers to supply safe items to the public. But sometimes, issues do not come to light until after a product has been released. Consumers are then contacted through recall notices.
Make sure your automobile and any new tires you purchase are registered. Then, you will know when a recall occurs. Staying informed about your vehicle in general is helpful, so you know if issues arise.
Safety Precautions and Good Maintenance Habits
Of course, while you can pay attention to safety ratings and recall notices, an individual cannot control what happens in automobile manufacturing facilities. But they can control how they care for their vehicles, and taking safety precautions can be helpful.
For example, tire age can sometimes lead to tire failure. Rubber degrades over time, have your car mechanic or dealership look over your tires. Ask when they will need to be replaced. There are also signs of tire wear to watch out for on your own.
Signs tires may be failing:
- Bumps, cracks, and bulges
- Uneven tread wear
- Treads used up, leading to bald tires
- a Vibration from tires when driving
A bald tire is a tire with one or more grooves that have been worn down. Bald tire grooves are around 2/32 of an inch deep, while new tires have treads that are 10/32 of an inch deep. When tires do not have tread, there is a risk of loss of control. Worn tires are more prone to punctures. This is particularly true when the weather is bad and the roads are wet. A Baltimore car accident lawyer knows how to analyze collisions that happen for more than one reason, tire failure and weather, for instance.
Did you sustain an injury because of a tire failure? Let our attorneys work toward a fair settlement for you and your family. Reach out to the legal team at Iamele & Iamele, LLP to understand your options. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.