According to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an estimated 400 deaths and over 10,000 fatalities occurred annually due to flat tires and tire blowouts, before the installment of tire pressure monitoring systems. While these numbers have decreased in the last few years, accidents still occur because of defective tires and car parts. If you are seriously injured due to a tire blowout, you may be able to file a personal injury and defective product claim.
What Causes Tire Blowouts?
Tires are designed to withstand the cutting and abrasive wear of road contact, but if they are poorly designed or manufactured, they are at risk of tread separation. This occurs when the outermost tread of a tire separates from the layers underneath, causing a rapid decrease in tire pressure or a complete rupture. Tread separation can occur from:
- Defective tire manufacturing
- Tire design mistakes
- Lack of warnings on used tires
- Over/under inflation
- Excessive tire wear
- Lack of maintenance
- Road hazards
How Do Tire Blowouts Cause Accidents?
Vehicle often spin sideways after a tire blowout, which can easily lead to a vehicle rolling over. If the car doesn’t roll over, the driver loses complete control of it anyways, which can be extremely dangerous when going at high speeds. Many of these accidents result in serious injuries—and even death.
Proving Liability in a Tire Blowout Accident
If you believe your accident was caused by a defective tire, you must preserve whatever remains of your tire so it can be examined by a professional. Of course this can be difficult to do if your car is wrecked and you are seriously injured, but you can call whoever towed your car and ask them to store the tire. In addition, it’s important to seek out medical attention, even if your injuries seem minor, and contact a law firm to enlist professional legal help. An attorney can collect evidence and investigate your accident to narrow down the list of at-fault parties, such as manufacturers, designers, and car dealerships.
Contact our El Paso personal injury attorneys at Guerra & Farah, PLLC today. Call (888) 470-9772 to request a free consultation. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and accept cases on a contingency fee basis.