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What Causes Tire Blowouts? Our Attorneys Explain

March 15, 2014
Colson Hicks Eidson

The average vehicle weighs 2000 pounds, and some semi-trucks may weigh up to 40 times that amount with a full load. If a tire blowout occurs, the driver’s ability to control the vehicle is significantly impaired, which could be potentially fatal at high speeds.

Tire failures often occur because of damage or defects in the tire or vehicle. These damages sometimes occur due to neglected maintenance or strenuous wear-and-tear. Common causes of tire failures include:

  • Poorly done repairs
  • Overloading the vehicle
  • Lack of warnings to remove aged tires from service
  • Over-inflation
  • Mistakes in the design/manufacture of tires
  • Neglected maintenance

Some tire failures occur due to manufacturers’ failures or unforeseeable circumstances; however, many happen because of an owner or a driver’s negligence to maintain, repair or replace their tires. Some trucking companies may not perform maintenance on their vehicles to save money and increase their profits.

Tire Blowout Causes Five Cars to Collide in Phoenix

According to Phoenix’s CBS 5, a sudden tire blowout caused a five-car crash in Phoenix on February 15.

Investigators reported that a driver lost control after blowing a tire, clipped two cars and then crashed into another car head-on. Five total cars were part of the chain-reaction.

Several people, including a child, were taken to a local hospital with injuries sustained in the multi-vehicle collisions.

The attorneys at Colson Hicks Eidson have significant experience recovering compensation for clients affected by tire failure leading to loss of control. If you or a loved one suffered a serious vehicle accident because of a defective auto component, it is essential that you speak with qualified legal counsel. Call us today to tell us your story. Feel free to comment below or visit our Facebook page for more information.

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