Philadelphia Tire Blowout Accident Lawyer
If you have ever been stuck in traffic on a Pennsylvania highway or New Jersey Turnpike, you may have noticed the black, curled, almost torn looking pieces of tire strewn along the shoulder. More likely than not, those black rubber chunks are remnants of a tire blowout accident. A tire blowout is a specific tire malfunction that is one of the most frightening, rapid response times a driver can have on the road. Tire blowouts most often take place when a tire rapidly deflates, such as after hitting a curb, carrying more weight than the tires are manufactured to handle, or driving on old tires with insufficient tread or air pressure. Approximately 500 deaths and 23,000 accidents are caused by tire blowout accidents every year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 10 percent of all vehicles driven have at least one bald tire. Tire blowouts can quickly create a dangerous driving situation, not only to the vehicle suffering the blowout but also to surrounding vehicles that may have to quickly maneuver or cause their own accident. Tire blowouts can cause erratic and unpredictable driving behavior, which is a recipe for devastating injury. A Philadelphia tire blowout accident attorney at Rosenbaum & Associates have over 25 years experience litigating automobile accidents across much of Pennsylvania and parts of New Jersey.
What Causes a Tire Blowout?
There are a number of factors that can contribute to a tire blowout accident in Philadelphia; weather, road condition, and driving distance are among the top. One of the best ways to prevent a tire blowout accident is to regularly inspect all of your tires. Especially helpful before a long drive, you can check your air pressure at many local gas stations for a nominal fee. The car owner’s manual will indicate the necessary level of air pressure needed for your car’s tires. Make sure to only inflate the tires to the specified pressure as over filling your tires can also cause them to burst. While refilling your tires air pressure you can also perform a quick tread test. If by placing an upside down penny into the tire’s groove you can see any of President Lincoln’s hair you may insufficient tread. If the tires tread is less and 1/16 of an inch then it is considered a “bald” tire which needs to be replaced and can keep a car from passing state inspection. When driving especially during the winter months be mindful of any potholes, and drive over them more slowly than you normally would so to not deflate your tire. Since tire blowouts can cause a driver to act unpredictably, potentially swerving or making abrupt turns, leaving ample driving distance can help lessen the chances that you are involved in a tire blowout accident.
Contact a Philadelphia Tire Blowout Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one were injured in a blow out tire accident due to the negligent actions of another driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your lost wages, medical expenses, and other damages associates with the crash. To determine whether you have grounds for a case, please contact us online or call 1 800 7 LEGAL 7 for a Free Case Evaluation.