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May 27, 2011

Personal Injuries Due To Car Accidents Often Result From Tire Blowouts

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.

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May 17, 2011

Coral Springs Injury and Accident Lawyer Discusses Rollover Crash in Broward County

Tire blowouts are linked to thousands of car accidents and hundreds of deaths each year. Last week in Broward County, on May 13, 2011, a Margate man and his passenger were critically injured in a tire blowout that resulted in a rollover car accident on I-75.

While a tire blowout cannot always be prevented, one should make it a habit to check their tires periodically to make sure they have enough tread. According to Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) recommendations, drivers should check the pressure on their tires every time before driving. In addition, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has compiled safety tips to avoid a tire blowout.

Our Coral Springs personal injury lawyers are curently handling a case where a tire blew out on a vehicle on the highway, resulting in a collision with another vehicle. The individual we represent was then unable to avoid one of the vehicles that was stopped on the highway due to the blowout.

We are investigating two aspects of that case. First: whether the vehicle on the highway could and should have moved out of the way, as required by Florida statute, if the vehicle was able to do so, and second: whether the vehicle, whose tire blewout, failed to maintain proper equipment, also a violation of the Florida statutes.

Unfortunately for our client, he sustained very serious injuries in his car accident.

Other avenues to investigate in these tire blowout cases are whether the tire itself was defective. There have been numerous successful tire blowout cases against tire manufacturers throughout the country. These types of cases fall under the product liability category. As product liability lawyers, we help people who are involved in product liability cases against vehicle manufacturers.

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