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Personal Injuries Due To Car Accidents Often Result From Tire Blowouts

May 27, 2011
By Ryan Hutson, Esq. on May 27, 2011 9:32 AM | | Comments (0)

As the busy summer travel season approaches, and with Memorial Day weekend around the corner, it is a good time to discuss the importance of checking one's tire conditions in order to prevent tire blowouts. As the Sun Sentinel reports, two recent car accidents involving tire blowouts bring awareness as to how dangerous - and preventable - tire blowouts are.

The first, which occurred two weeks ago, involved a family that was injured when a tire on their SUV blew out on I-95, causing the vehicle to roll over. The second occurred the very next day, where a tire blowout led to the death of a woman on the Turnpike.

According to tire manufacturer statistics, each year, about 535 deaths and 23,000 car crashes are caused by tire blowouts. As Coral Springs car accident lawyers, we feel it is necessary for Florida drivers, as well as tourists visiting Florida and who will be driving on Florida's roads to be informed on tire blowouts. Below are some of the common causes of tire blowouts and also helpful tips on how to prevent it from happening:

Excessive Wear
Inspect your tires on a regular basis to make sure they are in good condition and that there is enough tread. The website tirerack.com offers specific information on measuring the tread on your tires to make sure they are safe to drive.

Overinflated and Underinflated Tires
A tire that is overinflated causes a car to become unstable. A tire that is underinflated can lead to extreme heat inside the tire, causing a blowout. Make sure to check your tire pressure often. The Florida Highway Patrol recommends drivers check their tires before each car ride. Keep a tire pressure gauge in your car and make it a habit to check your tire pressure.

Heat
Florida is well known for its high temperatures year round. A tire is more likely to rupture in hot temperatures, making Florida's roads very susceptible to tire blowouts. Low tire pressure and heat can be a deadly combination (see above).

Overloading
Busy travel weekends such as Memorial Day mean heavier loads in people's vehicles. Carrying too much weight in your car puts extra strain on your tires. Check your vehicle manufacturer's maximum weight limit, typically found on a placard on the driver's side door.

Defective Tires
In some cases, a tire blowout is caused by a defect in tire manufacture. A personal injury lawyer with experience handling products liability cases will fight for your rights and hold the tire manufacturer accountable for their defective product.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a Florida car crash, contact an experienced car accident lawyer to talk about your case and get answers to your questions. Our Coral Springs auto accident attorneys will sit down with you during a free initial consultation and discuss your case. If your car accident case was caused by a tire blowout, our attorneys will analyze what caused the tire blowout, and determine the best course of action to take. Call us to evaluate your case at 954-255-7000 or toll-free at 1-877-853-7466.

Ryan Hutson, Esq. is a Coral Springs car accident lawyer handling accident and injury cases for Law Offices Cytryn and Velazquez, P.A. Our firm is located in West Broward County in Coral Springs. We also help injury victims in surrounding cities such as Pompano Beach, Coconut Creek, Parkland and Fort Lauderdale, as well as Palm Beach and Dade Counties.

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