If a motor vehicle has tire issues, the odds of being involved in an accident increase significantly. It is important that drivers regularly check their tire pressure and have their tires rotated to prevent uneven wear. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, has reported that vehicles that have tires that are underinflated by more than 25 percent are three times as likely to be involved in a motor vehicle accident as compared to cars that have their tires properly inflated. In addition, tires that are underinflated by more than 25 percent are more likely to overheat, which may impact the tire’s tread, among other issues.
What Types of Accidents may be Caused by Tire Problems?
The type of accident that tire problems may cause largely depends on the type of vehicle. For example, SUVs with tire problems are more likely than standard motor vehicles to experience rollover crashes. However, it should be noted that rollover crashes in all vehicle types were more likely to be attributed to tire problems.
Problems on roads may also increase the odds of an accident if a vehicle has tire problems. roads and other adverse road conditions increases the odds that a vehicle will be involved in a crash.
Before automobile manufacturers regularly installed tire pressure monitoring systems in their vehicles, it was estimated that roughly 78,392 accidents were caused every year by tire problems. Around 10,275 non-fatal injuries and 414 fatalities were also attributed to tire issues.
What Can You do to Keep your Tires in Good Condition?
There are several steps you can (and should) take to make sure your tires are in a safe condition.
First, always make sure that your tires are properly inflated. Keep a tire pressure gauge with you at all times. Improper inflation (too high or too low) can cause tread problems and can lead to blowouts. Make sure to check your tires when they are cool so that you get a proper reading.
Rotate your tires approximately every 6,000 to 8,000 miles. Rotating your tires regularly will help them wear more evenly.
Check the tread on your tires regularly. Your tires should have at least 2/32 of an inch of tread. Take a quarter and insert it, head down, between the tread. If the tread covers any part of the head on the quarter, your tread is in good shape.
Make sure that your tires are properly aligned. Tires that are not aligned properly will also experience increased wear and tear.
If bad Tires Caused your Accident, Contact our Attorneys Today
Drivers may often be held responsible for poor tire maintenance if the condition of their tires contributed to an accident. To increase the odds of success with such a claim, you should schedule a free consultation with the attorneys at Stein and Shulman. Our attorneys have over four decades of experience in accident claims. For your free consultation, call us today at (312) 422-0506.