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How Defective Tires Can Cause Accidents

Accidents happen every day in California, many of those produce some relatively serious injuries. While many of these accidents are caused by negligence, there is a significant number that is caused by vehicle malfunctions, and one of the most common malfunctions that cause accidents is defective tires. Many people don’t think much about their tires, but even a routine blowout can cause an accident serious enough that the victim may need a California personal injury attorney to help them pick up the pieces.

Since your vehicle’s tires are a primary component to keeping control of your vehicle as well as the overall safety of operating it. When a tire fails, no matter the cause, the results can be devastating and can leave the victim with permanent injuries. While some causes are due to manufacturing defects, some are due to poor maintenance or even outright neglect.

Tread Separation

Treat separation is a very common form of tire failure that is indicated by the body of the tire separating from the treads. This is usually found in tires where the steel reinforcement in the tire, the belts, were not bonded sufficiently to the body. This is usually noticed right after installation since it often produces strong vibrations while driving.

Improper Inflation

The NHTSA estimates that only about 20% of drivers pay attention to the maintenance and inflation needs of their tires. This can lead to dangerous underinflation or overinflation situations. Underinflated tires provide reduced control, and can even be pulled off of the rim during driving. Overinflated tires are more prone to blowouts while driving since the air inside the tire is heated substantially.

Old & Weak Rubber

Rubber doesn’t last forever, and often when a vehicle is left to sit for a period without use, the tires can become damaged. The sun and its UV rays also take their toll, drying out the sidewalls of tires, and causing them to weaken and crack.

Mechanical Issues

A very common cause behind uneven tire wear and unintentional tire damage is pre-existing damage to, or worn components of, the steering and suspension system. This can put uneven pressure on the tires during use and can translate to tire damage if not corrected.

Defective Materials

While this isn’t something easily fixed by the average consumer, it is something to be on the lookout for. Some companies will use substandard materials or techniques to save money during construction, however, these cheaper materials are often more prone to failure.

How to Recognize Tire Defects

You can give your tires a visual inspection without much technical knowledge. There are a few things you could look for before you head into work for the day, or before taking that weekend trip. Be sure you take your vehicle in to have the tires inspected if you notice any of the following:

  • Blisters, bulges, or bubbles
  • Uneven wear on the treads
  • Worn out treads
  • Damage to the sidewalls such as cuts or cracks
  • Feeling vibration when driving

Being Injured in a Car Accident Resulting From Defective Tires

If you have been injured in a car accident that was the result of a defective tire failing while in use, there is a strong possibility that you will be able to recover some of your damages through a personal injury claim. Reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney today to discuss your case. Contact our office today for legal assistance, we offer a free consultation.