Car Accidents Caused by Tire Failure

Car accidents are far too common but some can be prevented. According to safecar.gov, nearly 11,000 accidents a year are caused by tire failure. While some of these may be caused by aging tires, a car accident caused by tire failure could be the result of a defective tire offered for sale.

Tire failure an ongoing problem for consumers and manufacturers

It is becoming more common to see recalls for defective tires, such as the one recently issued by Goodyear tire which affected tires on small utility vehicles.  In this case, the recall was due to a defective tread which can cause a blowout resulting in a rollover accident. Unfortunately, we seem to see a steady stream of recalls due to tire defects on an annual basis.

What causes tire failure?

There are many defects that can cause car tire failure that can occur at the consumer level, installation level or manufacturing level.  Any defect in a tire can result in an accident. Some of the non-consumer reasons for tire failure include:

  • Tread belt separations – most common in steel-belted radial tires, this occurs when the steel outer belt edge is has a defect and progresses to the center of the tire. In SUVs and other van-style vehicles this can cause rollover accidents.
  • Installation errors – including improper lubrication, improper positioning and over inflation.
  • Belt to belt separation – this can occur when moisture is introduced during the manufacturing of a tire.

What happens when tires fail?

When a tire has a design flaw, errors in the manufacturing process or is improperly installed the end result can be a tire blowout. In some cases, a car accident caused by tire defects will include rear-end crashes, head-on crashes and rollover accidents. Victims of these accidents can suffer a range of injuries including broken bones, spinal cord injuries, head and neck injuries, traumatic brain injuries and even death. When any of these injuries occur, an attorney can help you recover monetary losses as well as pain and suffering in some cases.

Is it possible to control a vehicle after a tire blowout?

Edmunds recommends in the event of a tire blowout that you squeeze your gas pedal for a couple of seconds to avoid braking. Release the accelerator gradually to allow the car to slow down and gradually move your car towards the shoulder on the same side as the blown tire. This will allow the driver to maintain control while moving out of traffic, potentially avoiding a car accident.

What happens with victims of an accident?

Since November of 2002, tire and auto manufacturers are required to report potential tire defects that impact safety to NHTSA under the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability, and Documentation (TREAD) Act. Nonetheless, accidents resulting from a loss of control due to a tire blowout, and rollovers still occur too frequently.

Proving a car accident caused by tire failure was the result of a defect in manufacturing or installation requires perseverance and an attorney who has the ability to thoroughly research the issue.  The attorneys at Chalik and Chalik can be reached at 855-971-1662 or you may fill out their online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation and case evaluation.