Common Causes of Tire Failure
Did you know that in 2019, the US lost about 612 people in tire-failure accidents? Below we break down some of the common causes of tire-failure accidents to help you stay safe.
1. Tire Under Inflation
Under-inflation is one of the leading causes of tire failure and accidents. When the tire pressure is low, the surface making contact with the road becomes dangerously big. This leads to increased friction and overheating. Too much heat can cause a tire blowout, which could affect your braking distance, and compromise your car’s steering and handling.
2. Uneven Wear
Proper wheel alignment and suspension are vital for your car’s safety. Improper wheel alignment can lead to excessive and uneven tire wear and tear. This can, in turn, affect your car handling and could easily lead to a crash.
Do you feel like your car is pulling to one side while driving? This is a sign of uneven wear. You should definitely make an appointment for an emergency tire checkup before it’s too late.
3. Road Hazards
Poorly maintained roads can damage your tire’s sidewall and make it bulge. As a result, your tires will become unstable and lead to an accident.
4. Tire Retreading
Tire retreading involves giving an old tire new treads and sidewall rubber. This is not safe. The retread may come off due to excessive speed, overloading, internal rusting, tire age, or unrepaired damage. What’s more, retread detachment can make the car uncontrollable and lead to a catastrophic accident.
5. Manufacturing Flaws
Some tire manufacturers may cut corners to increase profits. This may lead to the manufacturing of tires with substandard belts, treads, or cords. A substandard tire is prone to blowouts and may have a poor wet grip and braking performance.
Who’s Liable for Damages in a Tire Failure Accident?
In a tire failure accident, you can pursue a claim against the following parties:
– The Tire Manufacturer
Tire manufacturers are required to test their tires to ensure they meet all the safety standards and are strong enough to handle all road-use demands.
– The Retailer
Tire retailers or distributors must also guarantee that the types of tires they sell meet all the set safety standards. They must also inspect the tires and ensure they are made of high-quality material.
– Tire Installer
If your accident happened because the mechanic installed a faulty tire or the wrong type of tire, they might be required to compensate you for your injuries and damages.