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Tire Blowout Accidents – Who is at Fault?

By Viles Beckman | May 01, 2019

Tire blowouts can pose an extreme danger on the road. A sudden tire blowout can cause a driver to lose control and result in a serious crash. However, how do you know who is at fault for a tire blowout crash? Here is some information about tire blowouts and what you can do if you experience one.

How Does a Tire Blowout Occur?

Tire blowouts occur for a variety of reasons, but underinflation is the most common. That means that there isn’t enough air in the tires to stop the sides from being flexible enough to generate heat. Another cause of tire blowouts is alignment problems. Failing to get an alignment done as per the owner’s manual could cause a tire malfunction.

Does Weather Impact Tire Pressure?

Yes! Weather can have a serious impact on your car’s tire pressure. Tires lose pressure when the air is cold, and that could cause damage if not checked regularly. Most vehicles newer than 2007 have a built-in tire pressure monitoring system equipped to detect low pressure. Owners of older vehicles may have to remember to check theirs manually.

What Is Tread Separation?

Tread separation is when the tread from the tire separates from the tire casing. It’s a potentially dangerous situation that can cause a car accident. It happens for a variety of reasons such as extreme tire abuse, excessive wear or faulty flat repairs.

Who Is Liable for a Tire Blowout?

Determining who is liable for a tire blowout can be an arduous process. Having an attorney to review your case can make all the difference. There are many scenarios of fault. For example, manufacturers can be held liable if their tires are defective. Tire shops can be responsible if they performed a flat repair improperly, or they sold a used tire as new. A retailer can also be responsible for selling a tire that is more than a certain number of years old.

If you have been injured in a severe tire blowout, you have the right to talk to someone about compensation. The experienced attorneys at Viles & Beckman, LLC are ready to answer your questions and ease your concerns. Contact us today at (239) 334-3933 to learn more about how we can help.