NASHVILLE, IL- The bnd.com reports that a man died in an accident when the tire of his truck blew out, causing him to lose control of the vehicle and strike a tree. The truck reportedly then caught fire.
The victim, Zachary A. Waltrip, 30, was heading eastbound in a 2003 Ford truck when he skidded and crashed. The crash happened at about 7:45 p.m. Waltrip became caught in the burning truck and was declared dead at the scene.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission (NHTSA), on average there are about 11,000 car accidents caused by tire issues in America every year. In 2016, the NHTSA found that 733 fatal crashes were the result of tires malfunctioning, and 19,000 people were injured in crashes where tire malfunctions were a contributing factor.
It is important for drivers to choose safe tires, and to maintain their tires. Failing to have enough air in your tires or not having the tires rotated when necessary can lead to blowoutsor flat tires. In addition to safety factors, properly inflated tires can save you money. When your tires are inflated, you save an average of 11 cents per gallon of fuel. Despite the safety concerns and potential cost savings, only around one out of every five drivers on the road has their tires inflated as they should. Properly inflated tires also last longer, which means you can save money by not having to replace your tires as often.
In the event of a blowout, NHTSA recommends staying calm, and not making drastic moves like slamming on the brakes. Instead, hold on to the steering wheel with two hands, stay at the same speed if it’ssafe and possible, gradually reduce your speed, correct steering and stabilize the vehicle, and pull off of the road once its safe to do so.
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