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Summer Time means More Tire Blow Out Car Accidents

Phoenix Car Accident from Tire Blowout

When an car tire blows out, it has rapidly deflated and become flat. Such tire blowouts often lead to auto accidents in the United States. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis reported in 2012 that as many as nine percent of auto accidents in America each year are due to tire blowouts. Such accidents can be catastrophic.

When road temperatures during the summer in Phoenix can get hot enough to literally fry an egg, it is no surprise that defective tires may blow out. Since tire blow outs can happen at any given time with little notice, it is important to react fast, not panic and get to safety.

Major tire manufacturer Michelin has reported that tire blowout accidents result in average 500 deaths as part of 23,000 accidents on U.S. roadways each year.

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While tire blowouts do not always lead to fatalities or even car accidents, this sudden tire failure can cause drivers to lose control of the vehicle they are operating. When this occurs, there is a high likelihood of another vehicle being struck, often causing a rollover of one or more vehicles. These accidents often result in serious personal injury and property damage.

When such accidents occur, it is important to enlist the help of an experienced tire blowout accident attorney. Car accident attorneys familiar with tire failure investigations can lead an investigation into your case to determine the cause of your accident and who is responsible for damages you have suffered. Victims in these types of accidents are often eligible for financial and legal compensation for damages or losses suffered as a result of the accident.

What can cause a tire to blow out?

Vehicle tire problems are highly dangerous for drivers and passengers of not just the vehicle those tires are on, but those in other vehicles on the roadway. Very few drivers have been found to adequately maintain their tires, or check tire condition, as frequently as they should.

There are a multitude of factors that can contribute to an auto accident resulting from tire blowout. Each of these factors can be prevented by the driver through a pre-trip safety review of the car or proper handling of the vehicle when the tire blowout occurs. All too often, drivers fail to make the right decisions about their tire quality and in response to tire blowout. Unfortunately, many people are injured because of these simple mistakes which could be avoided through proper tire inspections and maintenance:

  • Hitting a curb after the tire blowout
  • Not detecting punctures in a tire before driving
  • Failing to recognize low tire pressure in tires before vehicle use
  • Loading the vehicle with more weight than the tires can handle
  • Overinflating tires
  • Using old tires that have suffered decomposition or deterioration

While drivers are often to blame for tire blowout accidents, manufacturers also may be at fault. Structural defects and manufacturing errors are frequently the cause of tire blowouts.

Tire blowout car wrecks are often clearly determined as being caused by negligence. Whether drivers, manufacturers, retailers or mechanics are at fault for tire blowout accidents, legal action is warranted to compensate for your preventable injuries and damages.

Tire Tread Separation

Tire tread separation is the result of manufacturing defects or errors. Tire tread separation can lead to car accidents when the tire blows out during vehicle operation. This type of defect-related accident can extensively damage property and cause serious injuries, even fatalities. Fatalities are often the result when vehicles with tire tread separation are traveling at high speeds when the blowout occurs.

Tire tread separation is often due to the failure of metal belt material to bond with tire rubber during manufacturing. Tire metal is usually plated with brass, then bonded using rubber compound that contains sulfur. If the sulfur’s chemical composition is not optimum or other materials are not properly applied, components will not adhere to hold the tire together. This is also the case when the brass coating in the tire rubber oxidizes.

Other problems experienced in manufacturing of tires can lead to tread separation. Those include:

  • Suboptimal temperatures during the bonding process
  • Using expired or outdated bonding ingredients
  • Improper sizing of parts on the tire
  • Use of materials that are contaminated by rust, oxidation, moisture, cigarette ash, grease or sawdust

Manufacturing negligence resulting tire tread separation and leading to an accident is cause for legal action against the manufacturer.

Common Tire Blowout Injuries

Tire blowouts are a huge risk on American roadways. It is critical that drivers properly maintain tires and ensure they are not too worn. It is also important that air pressure is regularly measured to ensure proper inflation.

When tire blowouts do occur, they have the potential of causing accidents with major injuries. These injuries can affect drivers, passengers and others on the road.

Some common personal injuries suffered as a result of tire blowout accidents include injuries of the following types:

  • Back
  • Neck
  • Dental
  • Facial
  • Internal
  • Lacerations
  • Spinal cord
  • Traumatic brain
  • Whiplash
  • Wrist

If you have suffered injuries or property damage due to a tire blowout auto accident, it is important to contact an attorney to help you gain compensation from the responsible party to cover your medical expenses and other damages. Call the experienced attorneys of Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law at 602-691-7278 or fill out the Online Contact Form for a free, no-obligation consultation about your case.


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