Tire Maintenance Can Reduce Car Accident Risk During Summer Travel


July 06, 2014

Summer travelers still spend lots of time behind the wheel.  Whether you are visiting family, an amusement park or the beach, proper tire maintenance is a critical component of vehicle safety.  Although tire maintenance constitutes one of the most critical safety issues for vehicle owners, many drivers neglect to check their tires.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that approximately 11,000 vehicle collisions are caused by tire-related issues annually.

Many of these crashes are beyond the control of the driver because the tires have hidden defects.  Several vehicle and tire manufacturers have come under scrutiny in recent years for selling defective tires that caused devastating crashes.  In other cases, potential crashes involving tire failure can be avoided through diligent tire maintenance efforts.

This year tire failure was reported as the cause of a fatal crash on I-75 in Henry County.  According to media reports, investigators believed tire failure caused a Ford F-150 to overturn ejecting both the driver and a passenger from the vehicle.  The passenger died at the scene of the crash while the driver was hospitalized with severe injuries.

If you are planning a summer trip, we urge you to check your tires for the following:

Tire Tread: If you examine the tread of your tires, this provides an opportunity to identify excessively worn treads.  Motorists should be aware of the amount of tire tread because it impacts the ability of the tire to grip the road surface.  Poor tread can mean loss of control, longer stopping distances and compromised handling of the vehicle.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends that vehicle owners check their tire tread monthly.

Alignment, Balance & Rotation: Tires that are properly aligned, balanced and rotated can provide assistance in stabilizing your vehicle, so it does not veer laterally on a straightaway.  However, it is important to know what your vehicle manufacturer recommends because some vehicles are equipped with difference sized tires on the front and back of the vehicle, so the tires cannot be rotated.

Tire Pressure: The best way to avoid a tire blowout is to keep tires inflated at a proper level.  However, a Rubber Manufacturers Association survey found that only about one in five drivers properly check their tire pressure.  Approximately, a third of vehicles in the U.S. have at least one significantly under-inflated tire according to the NHTSA, which contributes to about 660 fatalities and 33,000 injuries per year.  Because tire pressure is impacted by temperature changes, vehicle owners should monitor tire pressure as the seasons change.  Summer is a time when tires are prone to heat up especially during long car rides, which can make tires more prone to blowouts due to over-inflation.

Put Our Law Firm's Over 30 Years of Legal Experience to Work For Your Claim!

If you are involved in a crash because of defective tires or a motorist who has failed to conduct proper tire maintenance, you might have a right to seek financial compensation.  Our Georgia personal injury lawyers at Montlick and Associates have been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over thirty years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.  No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333).  You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat. 

Sources:

 http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Press+Releases/2014/NHTSA+Launches+TireWise+Consumer+Education+Campaign

 http://www.brakeandfrontend.com/one-in-five-drivers-does-not-properly-check-tire-pressure-says-rma/

 http://www.ajc.com/news/news/1-killed-another-badly-injured-in-wreck-on-i-75-in/ncM3m/

Category: Auto Accidents

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