Michelin, the auto tire company, estimates that more than 500 traffic fatalities and approximately 23,000 auto accidents occur each year in the United States due to tire blowouts. A tire blowout refers to the instantaneous deflation of an automobile’s tire, often causing serious motor vehicle collisions and a wide range of debilitating injuries. A tire blowout accident is typically linked to some sort of driver error. As such, those North Carolina motorists who are prepared are placed in a better position to avoid a potential traffic crash.
Vehicle owners frequently neglect their tires. Unfortunately, however, tire blowout accidents occur far more often than many North Carolina drivers would imagine. A number of factors may contribute to the likelihood of a blowout; however, keeping your vehicle maintenance regular and consistent will reduce the probability of a tire blowout. Not all tire blowouts result in a traffic crash, yet the abrupt failure of a tire has the potential to cause a motorist to lose control of the vehicle and possibly rollover or collide with other vehicle in close proximity.
Lewis & Keller understands the massive amount of stress that any type of auto accident places on the accident victims. With this in mind, our North Carolina personal injury lawyers work tirelessly to make the legal proceedings as simple as possible. While we handle every aspect of the litigation process, you and your family are able to focus on recovery. If you or a loved one has been injured in a tire blowout accident, our North Carolina accident attorneys are here for you.
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Tire Blowout Causes
A number of different situations and vehicle defects may cause a tire blowout for North Carolina vehicle owners. Even minor tire blowouts present a serious threat to all passenger occupants in the vehicle as well as any surrounding cars on the road. Vehicle maintenance requirements such as an oil change are frequently on the motorist’s mind. Tires, on the other hand, are often neglected.
The following are some of the most common driver errors which cause tire blowouts:
- Low pressure
- Hitting a curb
- Using a tire past its rated life
While the above mark the most commonly seen blowout causes, manufacturer defects and defective vehicle designs certainly contribute to the amount of tire blowout accidents occurring each year. When this is the case, the manufacturing company is often held liable for any damages caused by the accident. As such, it is imperative for North Carolina accident victims to discuss their legal options following a crash.
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Tire Tread Separation
Tire tread separation is a vehicle issue that plagues far too many drivers today. This separation can be attributed to a variety of errors or defects that take place during the manufacturing process. No matter what causes the tire tread separation, serious injuries are often the outcome of any type of tire blowout accident. Even worse, when the tread separates during highway travel where speeds are high, the outcome is often fatal.
The metal belt material fails to bond with the rubber in the tire, treat separation occurs. Typically, the metal is plated with brass and then it is bonded using a rubber compound which contains sulfur. When the chemical composition in the materials is not at an optimum level or in cases where the brass coating oxides, various components will fail to adhere to the tire.
The following are some of the additional errors that may cause tire tread separation:
- Using outdated bonding materials
- Contamination in the materials used (moisture, grease, rust, gum wrappers, oxidation, sawdust, or cigarette butts)
- Parts are not sized properly
- Temperatures are sub-optimal
Clearly, a variety of errors may contribute to a tire blowout accident. While some of these defects are out of the driver’s hands, many of them are entirely preventable with proper care and a basic knowledge of vehicle safety. If you or a loved one has been injured in a tire blowout crash, Lewis & Keller is prepared to take your case.
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With a track record of winning more than $10 MILLION in past verdict and settlements, Lewis & Keller has built a strong reputation throughout the state of North Carolina. Our skilled team of personal injury lawyers has dedicated their lives to protecting the rights of all residents in North Carolina. In doing so, we take it upon ourselves to provide diligent client care, making our clients feel as comfortable as possible during these difficult times.
No one prepares for the unexpected. Something as shocking as a tire blowout may leave you and your family feeling helpless, our Greensboro accident attorneys understand the overwhelming nature of these collisions. As such, we provide the experience, knowledge, and dedication that it takes to fight for the compensation that you deserve.
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