No one ever wants to have to deal with a tire blowout. Not only are they sudden and scary but they can be dangerous and even fatal. The rapid loss of air pressure can cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle. Ensuring that your tires have the necessary air pressure and that they are properly maintained can help to prevent blowouts. However, there are times when blowouts are due to tire defects or shoddy mechanical work. If you can prove that someone else caused your tire to blow out, you may be able to get compensation.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 738 people died in tire-related crashes in 2017. It’s likely that even more suffered injuries across the country. If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a tire blowout accident, you should talk to an Alabama car accident lawyer.
What Causes Tire Blowouts?
Many blowouts can be prevented if you keep a close eye on your tires. Often, tires lose pressure because of underinflation. However, blowouts can also be due to:
- Age of the tires
- Dropping into a pothole or hitting a curb
- Getting something sharp stuck in the tread
- Overloading a vehicle
- Using tires that not right for the temperature
- Driving over debris
- Manufacturer’s defects
Sometimes, tires have structural flaws that result in de-treading. The outer layer of tread separates from the layers below and this causes the pressure in the tire to drop rapidly. Tires can be defective for a number of reasons, but defective treads are the most common cause of tire recalls. When you purchase new tires, you should take note of the code on the side. That way, you can check it if you hear about a recall. If you believe that you purchased defective tires and they caused your injuries, you should contact an Alabama accident lawyer for advice.
Injuries Commonly Caused by Tire Blowouts
It’s impossible to predict what will happen when a tire blows out. Sometimes, the driver escapes with only minor injuries. However, other times the vehicle rolls over or crashes into another car. Sometimes, the car gets struck by an oncoming vehicle and a multi-car pile-up occurs. The resulting injuries can include lacerations, whiplash, spinal cord damage, internal injuries, and traumatic brain injuries.
What to Do If Your Tire Blows Out
Tires can blow out without any warning. However, you may feel your vehicle pulling to one side or hear a thumping sound. If one of your tires suddenly collapses, you need to stay as calm as possible, hold on to the steering wheel, and steer the vehicle straight. Ease off the accelerator and try to pull over to the roadside. You should not brake until you’ve brought the vehicle under control. Once you’re no longer in the path of traffic, you should put on your hazard lights and call for help if you’re injured. Even if you don’t think your injuries are severe, you should go see a doctor.
If you suspect that your accident was caused by defective tires, you need to contact an attorney. You may be able to hold a manufacturer, retailer or repair shop liable for your losses. You may be able to recover compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Repair costs
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
In the unfortunate event that you die as a result of your injuries, your survivors may be able to sue for wrongful death.
Getting Compensation for Your Injuries
You will need to work closely with an attorney to establish that someone else was responsible for your injuries. Since many blowouts are preventable, the manufacturer or repair shop may try to blame you. Their insurance companies won’t be any more eager to accept responsibility for paying you. If you want to protect your right to get fair compensation, you need to call a lawyer as soon as possible after the accident. They will carry out thorough investigations to ensure the at-fault party is held responsible.
Reach Out to The Vance Law Firm for Advice and Representation
The more serious your injuries are, the more important it is that you fight for full compensation. Hospital bills can quickly pile up and when you can’t work, your household’s financial situation will become quite precarious. Call the Alabama accident lawyers at the Vance Law Firm today to set up a consultation and learn more about how we can help you. The initial consultation is free, and you never have to pay any fees upfront. We get paid after we get you the financial compensation you deserve so you have nothing to lose by calling us.