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Tire Safety

While we love nothing more than a good road trip, summer can be a dangerous time to drive. Not only are there more Virginians traveling, but they are also driving heavily-packed vehicles on busy roads during some of the most dangerous months for highway travel.

Tire blowouts are an unsuspecting danger that can change lives forever when they cause devastating rollover accidents. Keep reading to learn why tire blowouts happen and what to do if they harm you or someone you love.

What Is Tire Blowout Season?

Tire blowout season is the annual period (lasting from May to September) when Virginia drivers experience the most tire blowouts on the road. A tire blowout is just what it sounds like: a tire fails, resulting in an explosion that destroys the tire, causing it to fall off the wheel, which often causes the vehicle to roll. While tires can fail at any time, the risk of failure increases in the summer, when the soaring temperatures can impact damaged, failing, or old tires.

What Causes a Tire Blowout?

There are several common factors that frequently lead to tire explosions throughout the year — under inflation, potholes, and aggressive driving are all year-round risks. However, certain risks increase during the summer months.

  • Overloading your vehicle strains already-stressed tires, causing additional heat, friction, and stress that can lead to blowouts.
  • Under- or over-inflated tires experience more friction, which can lead to a blowout — especially when roads are hot in summer months.
  • Running over potholes, debris in the road, or sharp drops from driveways or curbs can cause weak or over-inflated tires to explode.
  • Tires that have sustained damage over a long period of time might look “fine” but can fail quickly without an obvious catalyst.
  • Product defects such as tread separation, improper puncture repair work, and other manufacturing defects are dangerous on the road.
  • Old or bald tires can become brittle, leading to cracks and tire failure — especially in the summer heat.

Reckless Driving Can Result in Tire Blowouts and Rollover Crashes

Risks become even more prevalent in the summer due to the higher temperatures that put more strain on tires. When tires move along the pavement, the treads grip the road, keeping the car on the track. For well-maintained tires that are properly inflated, the amount of friction produced by driving is minimal. For damaged tires, or under- or over-inflated tires, the contact between the road and the rubber produces more friction and more heat. This heat puts additional strain on the tire, causing it to fail more quickly. When tires fail, especially at high speeds, there is a significant risk that the vehicle will destabilize and flip. Trucks, with their imbalanced weight distribution, are especially prone to rollover crashes after a blown tire.

Reckless Driving Can Result in Tire Blowouts and Rollover Crashes

Negligent or reckless driving can also cause a tire to fail. Speeding and making sharp turns puts stress on the tire wall, where most of the friction and flexing occurs. Hitting a pothole or other debris in the road at dangerously high speeds can also cause a blowout, putting the driver and other cars at unnecessary risks when these vehicles roll over. Reckless driving coupled with old, failing, or unmaintained tires is a recipe for a tire blowout in the summer.

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Who Is Responsible for Tire Blowout Injuries and Rollovers?

Several parties could be liable after a blown tire and rollover crash, so it is important to preserve that tire as evidence whenever you can. Depending on your circumstances, you may have personal injury claims against a negligent driver, mechanic, or tire manufacturer.

After a crash, you must act quickly to preserve the poorly-maintained or defective tires that exploded. They are essential evidence that can help your lawyer determine the nature of the crash and discern if you are owed any damages.

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Flawed Product Design or Negligence Could Be to Blame

If you have suffered as a result of an accident caused by a blown tire, you may be entitled to compensation. A poorly-made or flawed tire is dangerous and needs to be taken off the road. Connecting with a skilled and experienced lawyer who knows how to analyze complex and detailed evidence is in your best interest — especially when this evidence, like blown tires, can reveal driver negligence or a serious product defect.

Hurt by a Blown Tire or Rollover Crash? Call Phelan Petty

If you have been harmed by an accident caused by a blown tire, you deserve justice. At Phelan Petty, we pride ourselves on our meticulous investigation skills and scientific approach to fighting for our clients.

Please contact Phelan Petty by completing this brief online form or calling us today at  (804) 980-7100  to schedule a free consultation and learn more about your options with no obligation to retain our services.


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