Delaware Car Accident Lawyers Protecting Your Rights
Claiming Full Recoveries for Victims of Tire Blowouts
Driving is a privilege that comes with a lot of responsibility. Private vehicle owners and commercial vehicle owners have a responsibility to keep their vehicle in good working order by inspecting it frequently, fixing and maintaining it regularly, and ensuring that it is safe to drive. Drivers that fail to address routine maintenance on their vehicles put all those on the road in danger of serious and often fatal car accidents.
Tires are especially vulnerable to wear and tear, and those that are not regularly inspected and maintained pose a serious threat. Passenger cars, trucks, vans, commercial trucks, taxis, Uber and Lyft vehicles, and buses with worn or damaged tires can experience a tire blowout that can result in catastrophic injuries and even death.
The Delaware car accident lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC help victims of car accidents claim the compensation and justice they deserve. The experienced lawyers at the firm are committed to attaining the maximum amount of compensation available for their client’s injuries, pain, and suffering.
What Causes a Tire Blowout?
Tire failure can happen for a number of reasons, but with proper inspection and maintenance, the majority of tire blowouts can be prevented.
Defective tires sold to unsuspecting consumers and damage to tires caused by sharp objects on the road can cause sudden blowouts that are hard to predict or avoid. Pot holes and debris on the road can also cause unexpected tire blowouts that are difficult to prevent.
However, the most common cause of a tire blowout is worn tires. Tires become thread-bare after long hours on the road. When this happens, the tire’s treads become virtually non-existent, reducing the friction between the vehicle and the road surface. This stress adds to the demands on the tires and increases the risk of a blowout.
Over and under-inflation of tires is another cause of tire failure. When tires are over-inflated, the air pressure within the tire, combined with the stress of the road, can cause premature aging and wear down the tire treads. Once this happens, the risk of a blowout increases. Under-inflated tires also wear down quickly, as the tire treads make continuous, heavy contact with the road surface.
Regular inspection and maintenance of tires can help drivers spot wear and tear before a blowout occurs. Inspecting tire air pressure on a regular basis prevents over and under-inflation. Repairing small, slow leaks and finding sharp objects that have become imbedded in the tire can stop further damage. Regular tire replacement and routine tire rotation are essential to automobile safety.
What Should I do if I’m Injured in a Car Accident Caused by a Tire Blowout?
A tire blowout is a serious incident that can result in a deadly car accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that there were more than 700 fatalities from tire-related accidents in 2017. When tire failure happens in dense traffic or at high speeds, the results are often tragic.
Victims injured in a car accident due to a tire blowout should seek legal counsel. Most insurance companies do not provide coverage for tires on a vehicle. When an accident occurs due to worn, damaged, or defective tires, it may be difficult to recover compensation for your injuries.
Insurance companies often deny liability when worn or defective tires cause a car accident. Since it is the car owner’s responsibility to routinely inspect and maintain their tires, insurance companies will try to put the blame on the driver.
Commercial truck companies and service vehicles can be held liable for injuries caused by worn, defective, or poorly maintained tires. But insurers will frequently try to place the blame on the driver to avoid liability.
Consultation with a reputable and experienced Delaware car accident lawyer will help injured victims stand up against insurance companies that are ready to fight liability, and to ensure that their legal rights to compensation are protected. Medical bills, ongoing prescription medications, and physical therapy related to the accident, along with lost wages due to long recovery periods, can quickly devastate a victim’s financial health. Compensation for injuries, as well as pain and suffering, can avoid a financial crisis for the victim and their family.
Delaware Car Accident Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Help Victims of Car Accidents Involving Tire Blowouts Claim Compensation
If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident due to a tire blowout, or any other accident where another driver was negligent, call the Delaware car accident lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC at 302-888-1221 or contact us online to schedule a consultation today. Our Wilmington office serves clients throughout Delaware, including Dover, Newark, and Middletown. We also serve clients in Philadelphia, Chester County, Delaware County, and throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.