Tire Blowouts and Car Wrecks

Written by Greg on August 16, 2013

A recent fatal accident reported by the Houston Chronicle, highlights the dangers of a tire failure at highway speeds. At least one person has died in a car accident that happened on East Tex Freeway near Parker.

Reports indicate that a pickup truck veered into a concrete barrier and resulted in the death of at least one person. Another person was taken to the hospital but the condition has yet to be released.

Tire failure at highway speeds can be a very dangerous condition indeed. Many car and pickup truck accidents occur simply because the tire blows and the driver loses control of the vehicle. The less room that the driver has to maneuver to one side or the other the greater chance of an accident.

Tire Blowout

There can be many different causes of a tire failure, from internal tire damage, impact damage, under or over-inflation and even design defects. In the event you are loved one have suffered a tire blowout that resulted in the serious injury or totality, you should consider preserving the tire as evidence and contacting an experienced product liability attorney in your area.

The suddenness of a tire blowout can surprise anyone and how you react can have a big effect on if you escape the scenario without an injury. Initial reactions tend to be the wrong choice for a tire blowout. Experts recommend that you let off the gas slowly and gently steer the vehicle to the side of the road. Overcorrection with a tire blowout can be a very common mistake.

Find a safe place to pull completely off the road to inspect your tire and/or seek assistance. Picture you engage or emergency flashers and that your car or pickup truck as well off the pavement and away from traffic before stopping. It is best to continue to a point where you are safely off the road even if your tire appears to be “flapping.” Look for a flat surface off the road and in a safe place so you can properly change your tire. Do not worry about damaging the tire as it’s probably ruined anyway.

Avoid changing a flat tire in areas where you may be at risk for other traffic. Remember there are many drivers out there talking on the cell phone and even texting who may veer off the road slightly when not paying attention. If you’re waiting for help is best not to stand behind or next to your vehicle, if possible stand away from the vehicle and wait for help to arrive.

Many different services are available for roadside assistance, such as AAA, and if you are member of such group they generally provide a good service which includes changing flat tires.

Additionally, one of the best ways to prevent a tire blowout is to check your tires frequently for proper where and inflation. It only takes a few minutes to check your tires and you can always take it to a tire dealer for a free inspection. Replace worn tires with new tires that are fitted for your make and model vehicle. When in doubt, consult a tire expert at a local tire retailer.

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