The blowout or the instantaneous deflation of a car tire often has devastating results, and it occurs more often than many would believe. According to a recent report by Michelin, it is estimated that more than 500 fatalities and about 23,000 accidents every year are caused by tire blowouts across the nation.
Although Tennessee drivers can often log thousands of miles without so much as an air leak, tire blowouts can and do occur quite often. The sudden failure of a tire can often result in the loss of control of a vehicle and could possibly cause the car to either rollover or collide with other vehicles sharing the road.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in an accident caused by a tire blowout, you may be able to file a claim to seek the compensation of your losses. You may be able to recover losses for current and future medical bills, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages incurred in the crash.
To begin exploring your legal options, we encourage you to contact our lawyers today by completing the Free Case Review form on this page.
Causes of Tire Blowouts
Problems with tires can pose a serious risk to Tennessee drivers. While most vehicle owners often make sure that they change their oil often, very few spend much time maintaining their tires.
A tire blowout can often be caused by user error. Some of the most common causes of tire blowouts include:
- Using a tire beyond its rated life
- Hitting a curb
- Low pressure
Sudden deflation can be caused through defects in design or manufacturer errors. If one of these causes resulted in a crash in which you sustained injuries or property damage, we encourage you to seek legal counsel right away.
Tennessee has a strict statute of limitations for filing an injury claim, and failing to do so within a reasonable amount of time could significantly hinder your ability to recover fair compensation for any damages from the accident.
If you have any questions regarding a Knoxville tire blowout accident, simply complete the Free Case Review form on this page for immediate assistance with your claim.
Tire Tread Separation
The separation of a tires tread can be linked to any number of defects or errors in the manufacturing process. Regardless of the cause, tire tread separation can result in serious injuries from a blowout accident. Tragically, when a tire suddenly de-treads under high speed, the results are often fatal.
The most common reason for tire tread separation is the failure of metal belt material to bond with rubber in the tire. The metal is typically plated with brass which is then bonded with a rubber compound containing sulfur. If the chemical composition of the sulfur and other materials is not optimum, or if the brass coating oxides, the components will not completely adhere.
Other errors in the tread bonding process can result in separation, too. These errors include:
- Improperly sized parts
- Sub-optimal temperatures
- The use of outdated bonding ingredients
- Materials contaminated with rust, moisture, oxidation, grease or sawdust
No matter the cause, tread separation can have dire consequences if it results in an auto accident. Our team of legal professionals has experience investigating all tire defect scenarios, including tire blowouts, failures, defects and tread separation issues. To speak with one of our attorneys right away, please complete the Free Case Review form on this page.
Contact an Experienced Tire Blowout Accident Attorney Today
At Greg Coleman Law, we offer free legal consultations to Knoxville accident victims. During your consultation, a member of our legal team will review the details and merits of your claim in order to recommend the best course of legal action to take to recover losses from the collision.
In order to make sure that our clients are able to afford representation in their pursuit for justice, our personal injury law firm operates on a contingency fee basis. This means that if you choose to hire our attorneys, there is never any cost to you until we are able to successfully obtain a favorable outcome for your claim. If we fail to do this, you do not owe us any fees.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to Tennessee tire blowout accident victims and their families or to schedule a confidential, no-obligation consultation with one of our lawyers, please complete the Free Case Review form on this page.