Tire Blow Out Injury

Tire blow out injury occurs when motor vehicle tires rapidly lose air causing a loss in vehicle control and, potentially, a rollover accident. Tire blowout injury can be catastrophic as tires deflate in an explosive manner, severely compromising or destroying the tire's integrity. A number of consumer advocacy groups concerned about the dangers of tire blow out injury have urged the government to enact more stringent protocol on tire design, production, and maintenance.

Tire blow out injury is sustained when tire blow out causes the loss of vehicle control which makes vehicle rollover and collisions with other objects more likely. People are at a greater risk of tire blowout injury when traveling at higher speeds. Being in a less stable vehicle is also a major factor which contributes to tire blow out injury.

SUVs are more likely to be involved in tire blow out accidents for several reasons. SUVs are narrower and taller than other passenger vehicles; therefore they are less stable on the road. When tire blow out does occur, SUVs are much more likely to rollover causing more serious tire blow out injury. SUVs are also more difficult to control after tire blow out which causes the risk of more serious accidents and tire blow out injury.

In 2000 national concern about tire blowout injury peaked as the Firestone-Ford scandal unfolded. Firestone radial tires on Ford Explorers were found to be especially prone to tread separation which caused numerous cases of tire blow out injury and death. In August 2000 Firestone-Bridgestone recalled 6.5 million defective tires and in May 2001 Ford recalled 13 million defective tires from their vehicles. Consumer group research shows that tire blowout is not particularly unique to one type of tire or vehicle, meaning that other tires and vehicles may pose an equal threat on our roadways.

There are several causes of tire blow out injury that are highly preventable. It is nearly impossible to create a tire that has absolutely no risk of causing tire blow out injury, but there are many things that can be done to reduce the risk of tire blow out. The causes of tire blow out include road hazards, maintenance issues (such as under-inflation, overloading, tire mismatching, excessive wear, and inadequate inspections) and tire design or manufacturing defects.

Tire blow out injury is often the cause of negligence on behalf of tire manufacturers or tire repair and maintenance professionals. Tire blow out injury can be prevented if manufacturers are impelled to create a safer more robust tire design, improve overall vehicle design and control systems, and implement a more stringent production and inspection process. Tire technologies can also be improved to reduce the likelihood of tire blow out injury occurrences. A more stringent tire repair and maintenance protocol for service professionals would also reduce the likelihood of tire blow out injury.

If you have suffered tire blow out injury, you may wish to contact a qualified attorney who can advise you of your legal rights and options in a case to recover what you have lost in your accident.

If you have any questions about your legal rights regarding a tire blow out injury, please contact us.

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