Defective Tires Can Cause Accidents in Pennsylvania
Defective Tires Can Cause Accidents
We are all fully aware, accidents happen every day in the Philadelphia metro area. Many of these accidents produce some relatively serious injuries. Often these accidents are caused by negligence however, there is a significant number caused by a vehicle malfunction. The most common accident-causing malfunction is defective tires. Most people don’t think about their tires very often, even a routine blowout can cause an accident serious enough to require representation from a personal injury attorney to help get your life back in order. Below we will touch on a few tips and simple maintenance ideas to keep your tires in good shape and you safely on the road.
Tread 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 was not bonded sufficiently to the body. This is usually noticed right after installation since it often produces strong vibrations while driving.
Improper Tire Inflation
According to the NHTSA, only about 20% of drivers pay attention to the inflation needs and maintenance of their tires. Most vehicles have a low tire pressure warning that appears if a tire has less than 30 pounds per square inch of pressure (PSI). However, you will likely want a PSI of between 33 to 35 in order to ensure optimal vehicle performance. Overinflated tires are more likely to experience blowout while driving since the air is heated substantially. Underinflated tires reduce control of the vehicle and can even cause the tire to be pulled from the rim while on the road
A common cause behind uneven tire wear and tire damage is worn components of, the steering and suspension system. This puts uneven pressure on the tires while driving and can cause significant tire damage if not repaired.
Old & Weak Rubber
When a vehicle is left to sit for a period, the tires can become warped and damaged. The UV rays from the sun can begin to break down rubber and dry out the sidewalls of tires, causing them to weaken and crack.
Routinely inspect your tires
Recognizing and knowing the condition of your tires can help save you a lot of money and headache down the line. Routinely inspect your tires for 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
Have you been injured?
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.
Gay and Chacker Attorneys at Law have served the Mid-Atlantic for over 50 years. We know the law, we know the courts, and we know our opponents in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and the surrounding areas.