Tire Safety and Proper Maintenance

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), as many as 9% of all car accidents are caused by tire-related issues. In many cases, these crashes could have been prevented if the driver had maintained his or her tires appropriately. If you were involved in a car crash caused by someone else’s negligence, it is critical to speak with an experienced Gwinnett County car accident attorney who can explain your legal options.

Tire Maintenance

In some situations, a blown tire could not have been prevented, as the problem was due to a flaw in design or production. However, in most cases, tire problems are caused by a lack of maintenance, which can lead to the following dangerous issues:

  • Tread separation;
  • Blowouts;
  • Bald tires; and
  • Under inflation.

If left unaddressed, any one of these issues could result in a serious accident. For example, under inflation can make it much more difficult to steer and can place increased stress on other important tire components. These problems make it much more likely that a driver will be involved in a crash.

Preventive Measures

If conducted regularly, tire maintenance does not have to be expensive. In fact, drivers can conduct cursory inspections of their own by taking the following steps:

  • Checking tire pressure at least once a month;
  • Inspecting tires for uneven wear patterns;
  • Checking for cracks and signs of wear;
  • Removing bits of glass or other objects that have become wedged in the tread;
  • Ensuring that all tire valves have valve caps; and
  • Avoiding potholes and other dangerous road hazards.

Car owners should also be aware of the tire information contained on vehicle certification labels and placards located on their vehicles. This information is crucial to ensuring that an owner does not over or under inflate their tires or load their car with too much weight. These labels are usually attached to either the vehicle door edge, the door post, inside of the trunk lid, or on the glove box door.

Replacement

Because rubber degrades over time, all drivers are encouraged to inspect their tires on a monthly basis. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to visibly see whether a tire has aged and needs to be replaced. This does not necessarily mean that a driver must take his or her car into a professional every month, however, as drivers can easily do a penny test. To gauge tread depth, a driver can place a penny, upside down into one of the tire’s grooves. If the driver is able to see the top of Lincoln’s head, then the tire has less than 2/32 inches of tread, which means that they will need to be replaced immediately. It is important to keep in mind that even when there is no evidence of tire aging, manufactures recommend replacing the tires on your car every six to ten years.

Regularly checking your tires for wear and tear is important because tire aging is estimated to contribute to the injuries of around 3,200 people every year.

Contact an Experienced Car Accident Attorney Today

If you were involved in a crash caused by someone else’s negligence, please contact the Angell Law Firm’s Gwinnett County office by calling (770) 217-4954 today and we will help you set up a free consultation with an experienced car accident attorney who can evaluate your case.