The tires of your car help get you to your destination safely. While we don’t think of them often, tire failure can lead to catastrophic sideswipe, head-on, and T-bone accidents in Deerfield Beach and other communities by causing drivers to lose control of their cars.
The biggest dangers when it comes to tires include:
- Underinflated or overinflated tires: When your tires are inflated too much or too little, they can wear unevenly or even heat up, causing premature and sudden failure. You can use an inexpensive gauge to check tire pressure to keep your tires in good shape.
- Old tires: Old rubber, especially if it has been stored incorrectly, can deteriorate over time, even though it may not show any obvious signs of damage. When you buy used tires or tires which were manufactured years ago, your tires may fail prematurely.
- The wrong tires for the road: While in Florida we don’t have to worry about winter tires, it’s important to consider whether you need all-season tires or even winter tires if you’re traveling outside the state.
- Worn treads: If your tires are worn down, they won’t grip the road correctly, and this can cause you to slide, especially in wet conditions.
- Mechanical issues that result in uneven wear and tear: If your car is not mechanically sound, this can put added pressure on tires or cause them to wear differently. Over time, this can cause one tire to blow or fail.
- Incorrect tire mounting: When you buy new tires, it’s important to ensure they are installed by professionals who ensure the tires function correctly and are aligned properly.
- Defective tires: Unfortunately, some manufacturers have created unsafe tires. You will want to check that any tires on your car have not been recalled.
- Tread separation: When the tread separates from the rest of the tire, it can cause imbalance that makes it hard to control your car. Usually, this problem is caused by a manufacturing defect where the treads and steel belting were not correctly adhered to the tire. Tire wear, potholes, and overinflation can also cause tread separation.
It’s important to check your tires regularly and to get them replaced when they show signs of wear. This is because bad tires can result in:
- Difficulty controlling your car
- Tire blowouts
- Unexpected flats or other mechanical failure.
- Loss of traction and hydroplaning or skidding.
If you have been injured by a driver who was negligent in driving or in maintaining their car or if your accident was caused by defective tires, you may have a legal claim and may be entitled to compensation. To find out whether you have a claim after your car accident, contact Flaxman Law Group at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN) for a free consultation with a Deerfield Beach car accident injury attorney.