It’s not news that Americans put a lot of miles on their vehicles every year, but it may come as a surprise to find out just how much pressure we put on our vehicles’ tires. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that drivers across the U.S. put 3.2 trillion miles on tires in 2016. In addition to simply being a staggering number, this statistic highlights the need for safe and effective tires. Tires bear a huge burden in driving, and tire problems can lead to serious accidents. One common problem is a tire blowout.
What Is a Tire Blowout?
A tire blowout describes when a tire bursts suddenly. It may immediately go flat or, in some case, pieces of the tire can tear off and be littered across the road. A blowout typically occurs either because of damage to the tire or overheating. In general, some factor stresses the tire beyond its capability, and it bursts as a result.
Common Causes of Tire Blowouts
While a tire blowout is more common in hot weather, a variety of factors can contribute to these events. The tire itself may have a defect or the external conditions of the road can lead to a blowout. Some of the most common causes include:
- Under-inflation. Under-inflation, or driving on a tire that is not filled with enough air, can occur over time or because of a small puncture that causes the tire to slowly leak. Often, drivers may not realize their tires are low because they fail to check the tires as they should.
- Overloading. Carrying too much cargo or cargo that is too heavy can stress the tires. It’s important to know your vehicle’s limits. This is especially true for commercial truck drivers, who may purposely carry more cargo than they should in an attempt to be more profitable.
- Potholes. Road hazards can cause a sudden blowout from the impact, or they can create small holes that lead to under-inflation. Either way, drivers should take care to avoid these dangers as much as possible.
The Unique Dangers of a Tire Blowout
While most accidents occur unexpectedly, a tire blowout can be particularly alarming. The blowout is usually very loud. Drivers can lose control of their vehicles either because of the damaged tire or the surprise of the bursting tire. Ordinary motorists and unprepared commercial drivers may not respond to the situation safely, leading to rear-end accidents, rollovers, and more.
A tire blowout accident can cause serious, long-lasting injuries for victims. It is often possible to hold the driver or tire manufacturer responsible, and victims are able to obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and more. Attorney Ben Crittenden understands how stressful this situation can be and just how vital it is to get as full a recovery as possible. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a car accident, take a moment to fill out the contact form on this page to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation. You’ll get in touch directly with Ben who wants to hear your story and help you find the most effective way forward.