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NHTSA: Faulty Tires Cause More Deadly Vehicle Accidents Than Cell Phones

February 17, 2019

UNITED STATES – An article published online by reports that data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows faulty tires cause more deadly vehicle accidents every year than cell phones. We think about cell phone use and distracted driving as one of the largest causes of accidents, but poor tires outnumber distracted driving.* 

The NHSTA reports that about 500 people or fewer in the United States are killed every year in vehicle accidents involving cell phone use. The agency also reports that about 700 people are killed every year in vehicle accidents involving tire failures. That’s 40 percent more fatal accidents caused annually by tires.

Tires can fail for a number of reasons. The tread might be worn down too far, the tire might have a nail or other object stuck in it, or the tire might be over- or underinflated. Any one of these can result in a blowout or other mishap that causes a driver to lose control. And a loss of control can easily cause an accident. 

Usually, when a tire fails, it causes a sudden jolt of the car and can send the car veering to one side or another. If the driver does not remain calm or know how to handle the situation, a crash can quickly become imminent. Tire failures are especially dangerous on busy highways and interstates, where drivers are traveling at high speeds. 

Just as people should take steps to avoid using their cell phones while driving or engaging in distracting behaviors while driving, they should also ensure the safety of their tires. Regular checks and maintenance can catch defects in the tires, and any defects that come to light should be fixed immediately. 

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Category: Auto Accidents

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