Defective tires can lead to very serious roadway accidents – sometimes even fatal. There are many factors that may contribute to an accident caused by defective tires, and it’s important to know which can constitute a civil suit in the event that they cause a driver, passenger, or other person injury.
Tire and Tread Pressure
Get into the habit of visually inspecting your tires before you drive. Look for signs of wear and tear or problems, such as a nail stuck in your tire wall. Check the tread of your tire for bald spots and wear. Try the penny test: Insert a penny, with Lincoln’s head pointing down toward the tread, into a tread rib on your tire. If the top of his head disappears, your tread is in good shape. If you can still see his whole head, your tread depth is no longer deep enough to keep you safe from blowouts. Check tire pressure as well. Low pressure can conduct heat faster and cause more friction.
If the manufacturer is responsible for inadequate tires, you may have a case. It’s important to contact an attorney for more information on your specific situation.
A visual inspection can help you prevent blowouts, but you should also engage in more in-depth tire maintenance regularly. Have a licensed mechanic check your tires at least every time you get an oil change, or more often. The mechanic should check tire pressure and tread for signs of a problem. Rotate your tires often and replace old tires when your mechanic recommends that you do so. Routine maintenance can greatly decrease the odds of tire blowouts.
If the at fault vehicle was improperly maintained, you may have a case. Call a lawyer now for more information.
Check the weight limit on your tires. Don’t surpass this weight limit, even if you’re going on a long summer vacation and need to load your vehicle with luggage and equipment. Overloading your car or truck can place too much pressure on your tires, possibly leading to a blowout. Poorly maintained tires are at an even greater risk of shredding under too much weight.
If your tires blow out as a result of overloading but your vehicle didn’t exceed the standard, instructed weight limit specifications, you may have a case. It’s important to include an attorney in evaluating whether or not a claim should be filed.
How can I truly know?
There are many scenarios in which defective tires causing injury may warrant a lawsuit. To truly know whether or not you have a case, contact an attorney today. A skilled professional can help you understand the nuances of your situation, as well as outline whether or not specific guidelines and regulations apply to you. For more information, contact a lawyer from Wieand Law Firm today.