Importance of Tire Maintenance during Hot Summer Months
All over the country the week of June 5-11 signifies National Tire Safety Week. In line with this, the U.S. Department of Transportation has issued a consumer advisory that is urging all drivers to inspect their tires thoroughly before driving in the hot summer weather.
Warm weather can cause changes in tire pressure just as cold weather can, so it is important during the summer months for drivers to be diligent about checking their tire pressure on a frequent basis and especially before long trips they may be planning on taking this summer.
Tires can heat up excessively on long trips where the car is not stopped very often. Additionally, people will load up the vehicle with everybody and everything and not give any thought as to whether they are exceeding the vehicle's weight ratios. This puts extra pressure on the performance of the tires as well.
Tire-related crashes in the U.S. were responsible for about 3,400 people dying and 116,000 injuries during the years from 2005 to 2010 according to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration. An automobile owner is responsible for keeping tires on one’s vehicle well within their wear limits, keeping them properly inflated, and making sure that you are not overloading your vehicle, especially in hot weather.
If you choose not to take this responsibility, your tires could blow out and other people on the roadways who are injured or even killed may be entitled to legal compensation for their injuries or loss. Just last week in Florida, there were two incidences where people were critically injured and killed due to tire blowouts.
A rear tire blew out on a family's SUV in Florida and sent the SUV into a rollover. Seven members of the family were injured, and two of them were children who were critically injured. The very next day a woman was killed when her SUV rolled over and caught fire due to a tire blowout.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or killed in an accident caused by a tire blowout, Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, can help you as we have people throughout Atlanta and all of Georgia for over 37 years. Our Atlanta accident attorneys are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or visit us on the web at www.montlick.com. No matter where you are located we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.