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Who is at Fault for a Summer Tire Blowout Accident in Michigan?

tire after a blowout on carThere are a few reasons why tire blowouts happen, and when you combine one or more of those reasons with the summer heat, blowouts are much more likely to happen. That is why May to October has become known as blowout season.

Below, we discuss why summer heat can contribute to tire blowouts, other causes of blowouts and liability when a blowout leads to a crash. We also explain some of the steps you can take to reduce the risk of a blowout and how to react if one of your tires blows out.

The licensed Clare car accident attorneys at Jay Trucks and Associates are prepared to help you seek full compensation for damages from a crash. We take car crash cases on contingency, so there are no upfront fees with our services. We have obtained $500 million on behalf of our clients and are ready to aggressively advocate for maximum compensation.

How the Summer Heat Contributes to Tire Blowouts

The hotter a tire becomes the more pressure will build up within it. Increased pressure can make a tire more likely to blowout. That is why your vehicle owner’s manual tells you to avoid overinflating your tires. Overinflated tires combined with summer heat and hot roads can make tire blowouts much more likely.

It is important to note hot weather can significantly increase the risk of a semi-truck tire blowing out. These tires are bearing much more weight than tires on smaller passenger vehicles.

When you combine the summer heat with other factors, the risk of a blowout can be dramatically increased. Old tires with less tread depth have a higher risk of the tire getting punctured and bursting open.

Damage to the sides of your tires or punctures by nails or screws can also make tires less structurally sound. Summer heat could push things over the edge and lead to a blowout.

What You Should Know About Fault for Tire Blowout Crashes

If you get into a crash with a vehicle that suffered a tire blowout, the driver of that vehicle is often the one at fault for the crash. The driver may have overinflated or underinflated the tire that blew out. He or she may have been driving around on an old tire that had a much higher risk of blowing out.

As a driver, you have a duty of care to take reasonable action to avoid a crash when you get behind the wheel. It is reasonable to expect you to maintain your vehicle so it can be operated safely. This includes maintaining your tires and replacing them when they get too worn down or get punctured.

The driver of the car that suffered the blowout may argue that he or she could not control the vehicle after the blowout occurred. While this is true, as a blowout can make a vehicle much harder to control, the driver can still be at fault for not taking steps to prevent the blowout.

The other driver could also be at fault for leaving a tire underinflated. When a tire is underinflated, the sides take on more weight from the vehicle. This can damage the sides of the tire and cause the rubber to slowly break down. If this is combined with heat or other risk factors, a blowout may be more likely.

Overloading a vehicle can also be incredibly dangerous. The extra weight puts significant strain on the sidewalls of the tires.

Another factor to consider is how the collision occurred. Did you have a chance to avoid the collision, such as by slowing down or swerving into another lane that was empty? If the answer is yes, you may be at least partially to blame for the accident. While it could be argued the crash would not have occurred without the blowout, it could also be argued you had a chance to act to avoid a collision.

If you were engaged in some form of recklessness when the crash occurred, you may be partially to blame. For example, if you were speeding or distracted you may have been unable to avoid a collision.

While it is rarer than tire blowouts caused by old tires and/or driver negligence, sometimes tires have a defective design. If the defective design can be linked to a blowout, the manufacturer or designer of the tire may be at fault for the crash. For example, the design may have made tread separation more likely to occur.

Lowering the Risk of a Tire Blowout Crash

Regular maintenance of your vehicle is one of the most important steps you can take to reduce the risk of a tire blowout crash. That means keeping an eye on tire pressure – many vehicles now have sensors letting you know when one of your tires is underinflated. If you notice a tire is low, check the pressure and add more if needed. This can be easily done at many gas stations.

Make sure to bring your car to a qualified mechanic for regular maintenance so he or she can inform when your tires should be changed out because they are too old. A mechanic you trust can make sure to select the right size tire and ensure it is aligned and properly inflated. Properly rotating your tires on a regular basis is also important.

If you notice a nail in your tire, get it fixed right away. It is relatively easy and quick to get a nail removed from a tire and get the hole patched up so you can get back on your way.

What to do if Your Tire Blows Out

Your reaction to a tire blowout can go a long way toward preventing a collision. For example, slamming on the brakes is a bad idea, as it could greatly increase the risk of losing control of your vehicle.

Your car could start to veer in the direction of the blown tire, so it is important to hold the wheel steady. Flip on your hazard lights and slowly apply the brakes and try to move off the road until you come to a complete stop.

Contact Jay Trucks Today to Discuss Taking Legal Action

Give us a call today to discuss your injuries and what happened in your accident. We can explain how we may be able to assist you in seeking compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and other damages that resulted from your injuries.

The legal process can be overwhelming for crash victims and those who work with attorneys often recover more compensation than those who go it alone. Our attorneys are available to answer your questions and discuss the many ways we may be able to help you during this difficult time.

Jay Trucks & Associates. A firm you can trust. Call (989) 244-0537.