- 16 Dec
Outdated tires may cause cars to roll out of control
At the base of your whole wonderful self, we find the feet. Podiatrists all agree that if your feet are not taken care of, everything else above them will follow their lead. Auto technicians use the same logic when it comes to tires. Indeed, when sitting in your car, tires are the very first thing that separates you from the road and the dangerous high velocity of your vehicle. Protect yourself, your passengers, and other road users from outdated tires that can cause dysfunctions and blowouts is essential.
Auto repair experts recommend that Florida drivers perform daily checks of their tires. This could simply consist in checking the wheels and making sure the tires are properly inflated before using your car.
Haven’t changed your tires in 6 years or more?
Call your mechanic and set an appointment as soon as possible.
Indeed, it is estimated and highly recommended that motorists install new tires every 6 years on average (some car constructors like Porsche even recommend changing tires every 4 years).
Tire aging should definitely be considered as a serious threat. Thus, it has been estimated that tires older than 6 years, whether already installed on a vehicle or just purchased in a store and set on a vehicle, can easily self-destruct at highway speeds.
A damaged tire is vulnerable and more likely to blowout when rolling over obstacles (potholes, metal pieces on the road, etc.) In addition, driving farther and faster, or being in a more heavily loaded vehicle are other reasons why a tire blowout might happen. The combination can push a neglected or damaged tire beyond its breaking point.
Although it seems absolutely logical to take care of what stands between you and the asphalt, countless drivers are guilty of dangerous carelessness, deliberately or not.
Whether it is a poorly made decision in an attempt to save money or a simply honest memory lapse, many road users in Florida, like anywhere else in the US, do not follow the aware experts’ advices.
Indeed, according to a 2003 report delivered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an estimated 414 fatalities, 10 275 non-fatal injuries, and 78 392 crashes occurred annually due to “flat tires or blowouts before tire pressure monitoring systems were installed in vehicles”.
The danger of outdated tires
All of us have been hearing about catastrophic auto accidents due to defective tires. Beside the brands and manufacturers who might be less reputable because of defectively designed tires, problems can be as simple as having properly inflated tires.
John Bales Attorneys’ auto accident experts know too well the fatal consequences, which can ensue from technical malfunctions or drivers’ carelessness. Each one of our auto accident lawyers, from Tampa to St. Petersburg and Clearwater, would strongly encourage Florida motorists and car owners to examine their wheels and tires on a daily basis, especially if they are frequent highways’ users.
Have you been injured in a car accident due to outdated tires?
If you or your loved ones have been injured in a car accident because of a tire blowout or if you were involved in a car accident with a poorly maintained vehicle, you can stand up for your legal rights today.
Call John Bales Attorneys for an initial consultation with one of our auto accident lawyers in Tampa, St. Petersburg or Clearwater.
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