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Florida Highway Patrol: Tire Failure to Blame for I-10 Accident that Killed a Tallahassee Man

August 14, 2019

MADISON COUNTY, FL – As reported in an online news article published by, a Tallahassee man sustained fatal injuries in an accident involving a pickup truck that suffered tire failure.* 

According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), a 59-year-old man died in a late morning accident on I-10 in Madison County.  The accident happened when a Ford F-150 pickup truck traveling west on I-10 when one of the truck’s tires failed.  The tire failure caused the pickup truck to lose control and run off the roadway into a grassy median.  

The pickup truck subsequently overturned and part of the vehicle landed in the inside lane of I-10 East.  The driver of the pickup truck only sustained minor injuries.  However, a 59-year-old passenger was ejected from the pickup truck, landing on the inside lane of I-10 along with a portion of the overturned pickup truck.  The man was transported to Madison County Memorial Hospital where he later died.

How to Handle Tire Failure 

Tire failure can be a scary situation as it is difficult to keep control of the vehicle.  However, there are steps that can help drivers successfully overcome tire failures. A few steps, as provided by Kelley Blue Book, include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Maintain your tires to avoid tire failure in the first place: This may be easier said than done but maintaining your tires and having your tires set to the correct pressure can help to prevent a catastrophic and potentially fatal accident.

  • Low profile tires can be easily damaged, posing a risk of tire failure: While low profile tires are attractive and fun to car enthusiasts, they run the risk of being damaged if they hit a pothole or other obstacle.  As such, if you have low profile tires and are concerned about potential damage, have your tires checked immediately.

  • Summers and highways pose the greatest risk of tire failure:The hot temperatures of summer and increased speed of highways creates a scenario where tire failure is more likely to happen.  Be aware of when and where your tires may be most at risk so that you can ensure your tires are in tip-top shape if exposed to harsh elements.

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