Close-up View of a Tire Blowout on a Road

Tires can blowout of a car for a variety of reasons. When this happens, the vehicle can spin out of control and crash into others on the road or any obstacles in its path. You may have questions about what to do after a blowout accident and who can be held liable for injuries that have resulted from the crash. A car accident attorney can explain your legal rights and make sure you receive the compensation you deserve for any damages from the accident.

Causes of Tire Blowout Accident

While not every tire blowout accident can be prevented, it is important to make sure that your car and tires are in good operating condition. If you maintained your tires or purchased new ones at the time of the accident, the accident could be due to defective tires.

Possible causes of tire blow-out accidents:

  • Old, worn tires
  • Improper tire maintenance
  • Over-inflated or under-inflated tires
  • Tire manufacturing defects or a defective tire design
  • Roadway hazards
  • Too much weight in your vehicle

Many tire blowout accidents are due to a combination of factors. Driving over a pothole or other debris on the road can cause a tire to blowout regardless of the tire’s condition or design. Anything that can cause a large cut or puncture in the tire can cause it to leak air rapidly and lead to a blowout.

There are tire tips to consider that can prevent a car crash due to a blowout, such as:

  • Use the correct tires for your specific vehicle and the type of driving you do
  • Always maintain the proper tire pressure
  • Rotate and inspect your tires regularly
  • Replace your tires when they are worn out

What to Do After a Car Accident

After a car accident due to a tire that has blown out, there are several things to do to protect your legal rights. Seeking medical attention for any injuries you have sustained, no matter how minor, should be the first thing you do. In addition, the following steps should also be taken:

  • File a police report and obtain a copy of the report
  • Gather evidence from the scene, including names and contact information of any witnesses to the crash and photos of the tire that blew out
  • Notify your insurance company of the accident
  • Contact a car accident attorney before talking to insurance adjusters

Tire Blowout Liability

Drivers can be involved in car accidents due to a tire blowout even if they properly maintain their vehicle and tires. Tire blowout accidents can result in serious, sometimes fatal, injuries and are not always the fault of the driver. The following parties may be liable for a tire blowout accident:

  • Automotive repair professional. If the repair professional did not install or inflate the tire during routine service or maintenance on your vehicle or was negligent in reporting damage to the tire, they can be held liable for the accident.
  • Municipality. Roads may not have been properly maintained by the governing municipality, and due to hazardous road conditions such as potholes, a tire blowout accident may have occurred. When this is the case, the city or state that failed to properly maintain the road may be liable for the accident.
  • Other drivers. Other vehicles on the road may be carrying items that can drop into the path of other cars. The debris left behind from other drivers can cause tire damage and lead to serious accidents. The driver that left behind the debris may be responsible for the accident.

If you find yourself in a situation where your tire has blown out, you will need to control your vehicle to the best of your ability by doing the following:

  • Grip the steering wheel firmly to maintain control of your vehicle
  • Do not slam on the brakes and let your car slow down gradually
  • Steer your vehicle carefully to the side of the road or other safe area as soon as possible
  • Put on your emergency flashers

If you are unable to keep control of your car and collide with another car or object, you may be the party liable for the accident. If occupants of your vehicle were injured due to the accident, liability may be shared between you and other negligent parties.

Possible Damages From a Tire Blowout Accident

If you were injured in a tire blowout accident due to the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to compensation. An experienced attorney can make sure you get the full amount of compensation you deserve. You may be able to recover the following damages:

  • Medical costs
  • Loss of income
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Wrongful death

Contact an Experienced Car Accident Attorney

If you were involved in a car accident due to a tire blowout, contact our experienced lawyers at Hupy and Abraham for a free consultation. To set up a confidential appointment in any of our 11 Midwest law offices located throughout Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois, you can fill out our convenient contact form online or call us at 1-800-800-5678.

 

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