The Dangers of Tire Explosions
Most of us have driven by the remnants of an exploded tire on the freeway at some point in our lives. While they may have only warranted a passing glance at the time, tire explosions are more common and more dangerous than most people realize, especially in Florida, with its warm weather and sometimes poor road conditions. It is, however, possible to recover compensation for accidents involving tire explosions, so if you recently experienced tire failure, it is important to speak with an experienced Florida auto accident lawyer about your legal options.
Types of Tire Explosions
While tire failure can be attributed to a number of different causes, it is usually the result of:
- Tread separation, which occurs when a tire separates from the layers underneath it, causing rapid tire pressure loss;
- Sidewall zipper failure, which occur when the sidewall portion of a tire is cracked or ruptures, leading to significant air loss and the projection of tire fragments; and
- Tire demounting, which occurs when a tire comes off of the rim after a violent release of air from inside the tire.
Tire failure is usually the result of structural weakness in the tire itself, although over-pressurization caused by pressure gauge and valve problems has also been linked to thousands of tire explosions. When these problems are inherent in the design or production of a tire itself, there is little that a driver can do to prevent an accident.
Tire explosion-related accidents occur much more often than most people realize. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that as many as nine percent of all car accidents involve some type of tire safety issue. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to reduce your chances of causing this type of accident, including:
- Maintaining the proper pressure in your tires,
- Checking the condition of your tires, specifically keeping an eye out for visible signs of wear and tear, such as deformities, bubbles, or tears and checking the depth of the treads;
- Regularly replacing your tires, at least every five to six years or sooner if you drive a lot;
- Avoiding overloading your vehicles;
- Maintaining the alignment of your vehicles;
- Avoiding mixing and matching tires;
- Avoiding exposing your tires to extreme heat or cold; and
- Exercising caution when it comes to road hazards.
Even those who use the greatest care in maintaining their vehicles could end up involved in a tire explosion-related accident, in which case, the injured party should be sure to speak with an attorney as soon as possible about his or her recovery options.
A Florida Auto Accident Lawyer Can Help with Your Case
If you were involved in a tire explosion-related collision and want to learn more about your legal options, please call the dedicated Fort Lauderdale auto accident lawyers at Boone & Davis today for help. You can schedule a free case review with a member of our legal team by calling our office at 954-566-9919 or by completing one of our brief online contact forms.