I just posted the tragic news story of a family that was returning from
Orlando when a tire on their vehicle blew out. Three children were killed
in the South Florida car accident. Their deaths are a terrible tragedy,
but the accident may have been preventable.
Have you ever noticed pieces of tire tread scattered across the highway?
These are the result of tire separation or tire blowouts. A blowout occurs
when a tire instantly loses all pressure due to tire damage or wear. When
this happens, the driver can lose control of the vehicle. Tire blowouts
are a leading cause of Florida highway accidents and cause about 400 deaths
each year across the United States.
Why do tire blowout accidents occur?
Factors that contribute to tire blowout accidents include:
- Defective tires
- Improperly inflated tires
- Worn or poorly maintained tires
- Large cuts or gashes that cause rapid air loss
- Small punctures that allow air to leak slowly until the tire pressure fails
- Overloading a vehicle
Can tire blowout accidents be prevented?
You can easily prevent tire blowout accidents. Get your tires rotated
and inspected every 5,000 to 10,000 miles and replace them when they are
worn. You can check the tread by using the "penny test." Take
a penny, and place it upside down with Lincoln facing you in the center
of the tread at the thickest part of the tire. If you can see the top
of Lincoln's head or any of the space above it, replace your tires
It is also a good idea to give your tires a quick look over every time
you get in your car to make sure the tires are properly inflated. If your
"check tire pressure" light comes on, pull over and check the
pressure manually. Always maintain a
safe following distance. This will allow you to see potholes, debris and other objects in the
road that may cause a tire blowout. Finally, avoid overloading your vehicle.
If you've have been injured in a Florida car accident that was caused
by a tire blowout, it is important that you contact a
Lake Worth car crash attorney. The attorney will be able to determine if a defective tire contributed
to your accident. To learn more,
contact the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. at (561) 600-5605.
Lake Worth car crash attorney Craig Goldenfarb can help you get a fair
settlement from the insurance companies. To learn about the common tricks
insurance companies use to reduce settlements, download a free copy of
Mr. Goldenfarb's book: "What the Insurance Companies Don't Want You to Know."