What do you do when you are driving on the highway, and suddenly your tire bursts?
When there is not enough air pressure, this can enable the tire to stretch to beyond what it is capable of holding, until the rubber on the tire is no longer bonded to the internal fabric and steel cord reinforcement. As such, the tire may experience a blowout.
This is a scary scenario that thousands face annually. In fact, blowouts and flat tires cause approximately 78,300 car accidents every year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), as of 2012 more than 400 people were killed annually as a result.
Causes of Tire Blowouts
While we know that too little air pressure is a cause of tire blowouts, what causes the air pressure to decrease? There are some common reasons as to why your tires can blowout. These reasons may include:
- Defectively manufactured tires
- Slow Leaks
- Worn Treads
By taking care of your car through routine inspections, maintenance, and tire rotations, you can prevent such a situation from occurring. Through routine inspection you can learn of any leaks, pressure inefficiencies, or other wear and tear, and fix the problem before anything happens.
What Should I Do if I Experience a Tire Blowout?
Whether we like it or not, tire blowouts do happen. But when you are traveling at high speeds it is extremely important to know exactly what to do.
If your tire blows out on the highway you should do the following:
- Grip the steering wheel with both hands and do not slam your foot down on the brakes.
- Take your foot off the gas pedal in order to allow the car to slow down naturally.
- Allow your car to roll towards the side of the road or nearest exit – do not remain in traffic.
- When you are off of the road, place your foot lightly on the brake until the vehicle comes to a complete stop.
- Turn on your emergency flashers.
- While you are waiting for help to arrive make sure that you are on the side of your car furthest from moving traffic and stay a safe distance away.
Who is Liable?
A sudden decrease in your tire’s pressure can make the vehicle difficult to control. This often results in accidents involving other oncoming vehicles. But who is responsible?
Liability for tire blowouts hinges on whether you failed to meet your duty and properly care for your vehicle and its tires, or whether the tire blowout was caused by a product defect such as design, manufacturing, or marketing.
Design defects are defects in the actual blueprint of the product making it inherently dangerous; manufacturing defects occur when the product is not made to its pre-determined plan; and marketing defects occur when a product is labeled incorrectly or does not have adequate safety instructions or labeling.
Sometimes debris, unexpected road hazards or other extrinsic factors can cause tire blowouts. These could be the liability of another, such as a municipality, construction company, and so on. This is why having a Delaware car accident lawyer in your corner is a good idea.
Delaware Car Accident Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Help Those Who Have Been Injured in a Tire Blowout Car Accident
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to a car accident, you should not be left to deal with the consequences of someone else’s mistake. You deserve to be compensated for what has happened to you. The Delaware car accident lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC work hard to ensure that our clients get what they deserve. For a free consultation or to learn more, contact us online or call 302-888-1221 today. From our offices in Wilmington, we serve clients in Dover, Newark, Middletown, and throughout Delaware, as well as across Pennsylvania and New Jersey.