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Many drivers make sure to change their oil regularly or bring their car to the mechanic when they hear an unusual sound coming from under the hood. When it comes to tires, some of these same drivers are not so vigilant about their safety. It’s easy to assume everything’s OK, even if the treads are worn or the tire is under-inflated.
The reality is that a tire problem may eventually lead to a serious car accident. Tire blowouts have been linked to rollovers of SUVs, among the most popular vehicles on Rhode Island roads.
In fact, a faulty tire is more likely to be a factor in a fatal motor vehicle accident than a driver distracted by a smartphone, according the Statesman, which cited National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data.
According to tires-easy.com, a blowout caused by tire failure is almost always avoidable. Drivers should routinely check their tires to ensure they’re in good shape. While a manufacturing defect can lead to an accident, other factors are more likely to lead to tire failure. The website lists the following as the primary causes:
While not as common as the factors listed above, a manufacturing defect can lead to a blowout. The tire may be made with poorly mixed rubber or include air bubbles. A defective wheel rim might damage the tire.
If a faulty design of the tire contributes to accident, you may have grounds to file a product liability claim against the manufacturer.
You may regularly check your tires and replace them when necessary but there’s not much you can do about the other drivers who share the road with you. If you were in an accident caused by someone else, contact an experienced attorney to learn about your options.
We help our clients obtain the justice they deserve after an accident that causes serious injuries or death. Talk to the Law Office of Mark B. Morse LLC to learn how we can help.