In past blog posts and mailed newsletters, we have discussed the dangers
that tires can pose if not regularly maintained. Weather, road, and other
conditions can have a tremendous effect on the lifespan and safety of
a tire. Because this is the only part of your vehicle separating yourself
and the roadway, it is important that we use caution in regards to tire
safety. Even the slightest pot hole or item being run over by a tire can
lead to tread separation or a blowout.
In May, the National Traffic Safety Board announced the commencement of
an investigation specializing in the area of tire safety. This study was
prompted after crashes that occurred in February were said to have been
caused by tire failure. It's all too often that we hear about a vehicle's
tires ceasing to function correctly, causing wrecks that take innocent
lives. Perhaps the most common crashes as a result of tire failure occur
in SUVs because they are prone to
rollovers as a result of tire failure. The specific focus of the NTSB's investigation
on tires will be whether or not there's a specific age at which a
tire becomes unreliable. The numbers support this suggestion: of the 400
annual deaths related to tire failure, over half were found to have been
caused by the tire's high age.
Perhaps the solution to this issue is to require tire inspections after
so many years of life. Unfortunately, select companies and associations
do not support this proposal, even though most dealers and service centers
recommend replacing tires after six to ten years of use. Perhaps this
investigation by the NTSB will reveal a greater insight to the issues
of aged tire dangers.
In addition to aging, there are a variety of potentially
faulty tire issues that could result in an accident. In an effort to make tires last safely
as long as possible, you should have them balanced, aligned, and rotated
according to the schedule within your owner's manual. Check your tire
pressure after drastic weather changes or after hitting potholes in Georgia
roadways. Driving with low tire pressure can be very dangerous. When you
get a new set of tires, take a good look at how they appear. As the months
or years pass, it is helpful to regularly study the tread and made sure
that it is not wearing in an odd manner or unevenly (compared to when
first installed). It is helpful to register your tires with the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as they will send email alerts to notify you of safety issues or recalls
that affect your specific set of tires.
As car wreck lawyers, we see numerous causes of auto accidents every day.
Unfortunately, tire defects are not an unusual cause of a crash. In the
event that a tire separation or blowout caused an injury to you or loved
ones in a crash, the manufacturer or installer may be held liable. For
more information on your legal rights, contact our law firm today at (770) 427-5498.