Category: Tire Failures
The only thing between drivers and the road is their tires. If drivers drive on under-inflated tires, it is dangerous and the leading cause of tire failure.
Federal officials announced in late October 2015 that the results of a year-long investigation found that the system to recall defective and potentially dangerous vehicle tires in the U.S. is “broken”. This puts motorists at risk of being involved in accidents because of defective tires.
Ignoring tires causes the risk of accidents due to damaged or under-inflated tires. There have been too many accidents in Florida involving commercial trucks with damaged or faulty tires.
As we drive along the nation's many highways, we often, if not always, see at least one big rig (semi) truck. When accidents happen involving big rigs, the results are usually devastating. On April 22, 2015 five Georgia Southern University nursing students were killed in an accident with a big rig truck on Interstate 16.
When operating a motor vehicle in Florida or elsewhere in the U.S., anything could happen. An accident may occur, a tire could blow out or the vehicle could simply break down. Ft. Myers personal injury lawyer Randall Spivey knows that collisions and break-downs can be very stressful situations, but he wants you to stay as safe as possible when attempting to deal with automobile issues on the roadway.
The thought of replacing tires on the car is not something most people look forward to, but doing so could save the lives of the driver and others. Tires are a vehicle’s most important safety feature. When steering, braking or using the gas pedal, the actions are transmitted to the road through the tires.
A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) determined that if vehicles are driven with tires underinflated by more than 25 percent, they are three times more likely to be involved in a crash than vehicles with proper inflation.
Over inflated tires make vehicles more prone to slipping because less tire surface grips the road. This slipping can result in vehicle rollovers. "Monitoring the inflation level of tires as well as monitoring tires' wear and tear are the drivers' responsibility. Do it, and do it regularly," cautions Attorney Spivey.