Georgia Car Crashes Caused by Damaged Tires


March 14, 2018

Georgia Car Accident Attorneys Representing Victims of Crashes Caused by Damaged Tires

Georgia law requires all motor vehicles operating in Georgia must have tires that are in good repair. Failing to maintain tires properly is a motor vehicle offense under Georgia law because balding or damaged tires create dangerous conditions for all other motorists on the road. A balding tire could easily wear out at the wrong time and explode. The rapid loss of air pressure in the destroyed tire might throw the car violently around. The sudden loss of air could cause the driver to lose control, which, in turn, could cause in a serious accident that might result in substantial injuries or death to the innocent victims of the other vehicles involved in the crash. Even tires with low air pressure do not allow for safe operation of the vehicle.

If you were severely injured or tragically lost a loved one in a car crash that occurred because the driver of the offending vehicle neglected proper tire maintenance, you and your family may be entitled to valuable compensation. The tire failure car crash attorneys with Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, aggressively pursue damages on our clients' behalf, including compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, Pain and Suffering and, in some circumstances, punitive damages. Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, have over 33 years of serving victims of car crashes in Georgia. We fight hard on behalf of each of our injured clients in an effort to obtain for them maximum compensation under the law.

Overview of Car Crash Law In Georgia

Car crash law in Georgia is based upon the legal theory of negligence. Negligence is another word for carelessness. Before one can be adjudged careless, there must be an established standard of conduct.  A claimant, or plaintiff, must prove all four components of negligence to receive damages in Georgia. The four elements of negligence in Georgia are:

  • A legal duty
  • The defendant “breached” the duty by failing to exercise reasonable care,
  • A legal connection exists between the breach of duty on behalf of the defendant, and the injuries the plaintiff suffered, and
  • The plaintiff suffered damages that flowed from the defendant’s breach of the duty of care and the resulting injury.

Improper Tire Maintenance is a Breach of Duty of Care

Driving with tires in good repair not only makes sense but not doing so violates Georgia law. Georgia Code 40-8-74 Sets out the standard of care and places the burden of care on the operator of a vehicle to make sure that the tires are not damaged and have tread that is 2/32 inches tall at a minimum. Commercial vehicles and buses must have tread that is 4/34 inches tall. The law also mandates that tires not be cut, damaged, or separated from the rim.

Drivers must check the tires to make sure they are maintained properly before driving them. Proper tire maintenance includes making sure the correct air pressure is in the tires. Tire-related crashes total approximately 11,000 per year and accounts for about 200 deaths annually. Not having proper air pressure in the tires makes them “soft” and limits responsiveness and handling when you need it most.

Tires are something most drivers take for granted. The wheel failure lawyers with Montlick & Associates know better. Their experience has taught them that when they investigate a car accident, they know to inspect the tires of the vehicles involved because of the tires' possible involvement in serious automobile accidents.

Put Our Law Firm's Over 33 Years Of Legal Experience To Work For Your Case!

If you have been injured in any type of accident caused by someone else's negligence, contact Montlick & Associates today for your free consultation with an experienced Accident Attorney in Georgia. Montlick & Associates has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over thirty-three 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.

Your Time to File a Claim is Limited By Georgia Law

There are time limitations for bringing a claim. Be sure to read our "Georgia Statute of Limitations" page for more information about important deadlines that effect your ability to file an injury claim. We also provide a "A Guide to Personal Injury Law in Georgia" that will help you better understand the laws the affect your case.

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: cited within and

http://www.safebee.com/travel/are-your-tires-dangerously-underinflated
Richards v. Robinson, 792 SE 2d 442 - Ga: Court of Appeals 2016

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Category: Auto Accidents

Please Note:
Many of our blog articles discuss the law. All information provided about the law is very general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Every situation is different, and should be analyzed by a lawyer who can provide individualized advice based on the facts involved in your unique situation, and a consideration of all of the nuances of the statutes and case law that apply at the time.