The I-75 was recently the site of a tragic crash that resulted in death for one young Chattanooga resident and hospitalization for two others. What apparently happened was that the driver lost control of the vehicle after a tire blew out. The vehicle went off the road and overturned in an embankment.
A 2012 report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that in roughly 5% of crashes among light vehicles, there was a tire problem in the pre-crash phase. It isn’t easy to determine whether these tire problems directly caused a particular crash or were the sole factor involved; for instance, in some cases the tire problem could have interacted with terrible weather or poor road conditions. But even on their own, tire problems may play a significant role in an accident.
Regular inspection and maintenance are crucial for keeping your tires in good shape and replacing them as needed.
What could cause a tire blowout?
There are number of factors that could lead to a tire blowout, including the following:
- Improper air pressure in your tires. In addition to preventing excessive wear and tear on your tires and improving the vehicle’s efficiency and smoothness, the correct air levels also help keep tires from blowing out.
- Tires that are in poor shape. Your tires may be beaten up and ready for replacement. The tread depths may be too low. Keep an eye on the condition of your tires and don’t wait until they’re in terrible shape to do something about them.
- Rough contact. Driving your car over rough debris or potholes or against a curb can cause a blowout, particularly at higher speeds.
Don’t hesitate to seek assistance from experienced Chattanooga car accident attorneys in the event of an accident. Driving safely and adopting effective preventative measures for your vehicle won’t eliminate all possible risks you may face. However, you can still significantly reduce the chances of an accident. Be sure to keep an eye on your tires.