Fatal Florida Auto Accident Linked to Tire Blowout

July 1, 2010
By Dan Irving , Esq. on July 1, 2010 12:51 PM | | Comments (0)

A Florida woman has died after a blown tire caused her vehicle to roll over on I-95. Katherine Parker was driving her 2000 Ford SUV on I-95 near Malabar, Florida, on June 21st when, according to a witness, one of her back tires blew out causing her vehicle to flip three times and catch on fire. The 19-year-old was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from her SUV before the vehicle caught on fire. Parker died two days later from the injuries she sustained during this rollover accident.

Another Florida auto accident linked to a tire blowout involved a Florida police officer a few years ago. Unfortunately the trooper died after his rear tire blew out during a police chase. Tire blowouts are one of the major causes of car accidents. According to tire manufacturer statistics, tire blowouts account for nearly 535 deaths and 23,000 auto accidents each year.

A tire blowout occurs when a tire becomes suddenly deflated while driving. The Florida Highway Patrol recommends checking tire pressure prior to driving, as tires that are under-inflated and exposed to heat are susceptible to tire separation. When a tire separates, it becomes a challenge to control a vehicle, especially while driving at a higher speed. Drivers often lose control of their vehicles during a tire blowout. It is important for drivers to learn how to prevent a tire blowout from happening in the first place. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers some useful tips for tire blowout prevention.

Dan Irving is a Coral Springs car accident attorney and a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer handling injury and accident cases for more than 29 years. He has received a 10.0 rating on AVVO, a lawyer rating service, which is the highest rating given for a lawyer. He is also rated the highest ability and ethics rating, "AV", by Martindale Hubbell, a company rating lawyers for more than 100 years.

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