Most drivers understand that there are many dangers on the road, but when the problem is with the vehicle youre in, it can be a frightening situation.
Tire blowouts are an unfortunate but common occurrence on all types of roads and can often lead to loss of vehicle control.
A tire blowout occurs when there is rapid loss of tire pressure causing the tire to burst. This quick event could also cause a serious car accident if the driver does not know how to properly handle the situation.
Unfortunately tire blowouts are not always avoidable and some simple causes can lead to big problems.
Some common causes of tire blowouts include:
- Improper Tire Pressure
- Tire Puncture
- Hitting a Curb
- Loading a Vehicle With Too Much Weight
- Worn Out Tires
Consider taking the following steps if you find yourself in a tire blowout situation:
- Do NOT slam on the brakes
- Do NOT abruptly let go of the accelerator
- Slowly release the gas pedal
- Steer the vehicle toward a safe location such as the emergency lane, if the vehicle needs to cross lanes be sure to use a turn signal to indicate the need to cross over
- Once the vehicle has slowed, lightly press on the brakes to bring the vehicle to a complete stop.
- Once on the side of the road, switch on the vehicle hazard lights and use any further safety equipment needed to indicate the need for assistance
At the law offices of Greg Monforton, we understand that accidents happen, but it is also the responsibility of vehicle owners to ensure their car or truck is well-maintained in order to prevent a car crash.
If you, or a loved one, has been injured in an accident caused by a tire blowout, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, and more.