Why Tire Blowouts Are So Dangerous!
Tire malfunctions are one of the leading causes of accidents. As discussed in a previous blog post of mine, inadequate maintenance often results in serious accidents. Failure to inspect and repair tires puts the driver, as well as others on the road, at risk. Rules regarding the condition of tires need to be implemented and followed in order to prevent these accidents.
Accidents can be avoided if regulations were implemented in the trucking industry, regarding tire quality. Large trucks should only be operating with the highest quality of tires. Tires should be embedded with the appropriate details such as carcass design and tread depth. By adhering to such regulations, stopping distances and fuel efficiency for large trucks would greatly improve!
Without adhering to such standards, trucks are more prone to blow out a tire. When blown out tires are left on the roadway, especially at night, it becomes a hazardous condition for others on the road. Unfortunately, when a tire blows out on a truck, most drivers will either fail to notice or neglect to stop. Often times, these tires are of significant size thus, when the remnants are left in the road it’s dangerous to those traveling through. Drivers will need to veer, often times last minute, in order to avoid the object. According to the National Traffic Safety Administration, flat tires and tire blowouts caused an estimated 78,00 crashes each year. Resulting in more than 400 deaths.
When a tire blows out, there’s an enormous energy burst, which will often result in the truck losing control. The truck can then veer into oncoming lanes of traffic or shift into adjacent lanes, which could be potentially fatal to others on the road. There are different origins for tire blowouts, one of which being of mechanical origin. Tire blowouts of this origin involve a defect with the tire or rim and the quality of the assembly. There are four events of mechanical origin that can cause such blowouts: over pressurization of the tire, zipper disaster, tire demounting, and tires in poor condition or with structural defects.
Today, auto manufacturers have automatic sensors built into the valves of the tires, which can signal over or under inflation. While this can deter a blowout from a pressure standpoint, it doesn’t address the other variables that leave trucks prone to blowouts. Should you be in a car accident involving a tire blowout, call Brad Pistotnik Law. Brad and his team are committed to providing you with the best service! Call now for a free consultation!