When an Accident is Caused by a Bad Tire

A bad tire can be a dangerous thing and results in too many injuries. The tire might be of weak or poor construction or quality, improperly maintained, or the driver may not have properly inspected the tire to make sure that it was in good, working order (or failed to inspect it at all). Whatever the situation may be, if a tire fails, bursts, or suddenly goes flat, it can pose a danger to other drivers on the road.

Common Examples of Tire-Related Accidents

Tires can malfunction in more ways than you might think. Below are just a few of the most common examples of tire-related accidents.

  • A tire suddenly goes flat, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle.

  • A tire can blow out, or can throw a tread. When travelling at high speed along a highway or interstate, a thrown tire tread can be dangerous if it strikes another vehicle.

  • A sudden blowout can cause a driver to overcorrect his or her steering, change lanes suddenly, or hit another vehicle.

  • Worn or degraded tires can pose significant risks, especially in wet or slippery weather conditions, as these poorly maintained tires have little to no tread.

  • Underinflated or overinflated tires pose a risk of exploding.

Bad tires can cause serious accidents that can cause severe injuries or even be fatal. It is not uncommon for bad tires to cause multi-vehicle accidents, pedestrian accidents, vehicle rollovers, and single vehicle accidents.

When Tires are Not Properly Inspected

There are many instances of tire-related accidents that are the result of a driver failing to conduct a safety check before getting on the road. For instance, commercial drivers are required to inspect their vehicles, including the tires, prior to every trip they take. When a commercial vehicle blows a tire or throws a separated tire tread that causes another vehicle to be involved in an accident, liability could lie with the commercial driver, his or her employer, or the maker of the tire itself. Consult with a lawyer if you have been involved in an accident that was caused by bad tires. 

Accidents Due to Bad Tires Grounds for Products Liability Claims

Sometimes automobile accidents that are related to bad tires occur because the tire was manufactured poorly. In such cases, the manufacturer can be held liable for the harm caused by the defective product. If you were injured in an accident because of a defective tire, you need to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible about your potential products liability claim.

Anyone who has been a victim of a tire-related automobile accident should consult with a lawyer straight away to determine if they have a personal injury claim. Do not delay in contacting the team at Parry & Pfau for a free initial consultation concerning your potential personal injury claim.

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