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How Did A Tire Blowout Cause A Rollover On Florida’s Turnpike?

July 29, 2015
Colson Hicks Eidson

On July 9th, a vehicle rolled over after losing control in the northbound lanes of Florida’s Turnpike in Osceola County. The vehicle crashed, flipped over the median, and landed on the southbound side of the highway. Three of the vehicle’s occupants were rushed to a nearby hospital with minor and severe injuries, but a father and son were pronounced dead on the scene.

The Florida Highway Patrol are investigating the crash, but the police believe they already know what caused the accident. A spokeswoman for the Florida Highway Patrol has stated that they believe a tire blowout or sudden deflation of a tire caused this horrible accident.

Does Tire Failure Happen Often?

It is estimated that every year, more than 10,000 injuries and nearly 500 deaths can be linked to some sort of tire failure, which is most often associated with rollover crashes. Blowouts, tread separation, and the sudden loss of tire pressure are so frequent that advocacy groups have started tire safety education campaigns, and the government has started requiring automakers to put low tire pressure warning devices on their new automobiles. However, these preventative measures can only go so far.

Colson Hick Eidson has experience handling defective tire cases. Our experienced accident attorneys have helped the victims of defective tires, rollovers, and improperly repaired vehicles get the justice they deserve. Visit our tire blowouts page for more info, and if you have any questions about your legal rights, contact us.

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