Each year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggests that tire failure is the contributing factor for about 11,000 automobile accidents in the U.S. While most drivers change their oil regularly, very few check their tires on a frequent basis. Tires are more susceptible to blowouts, delaminating, and detreading than tire manufacturers acknowledge.
A tire blowout may occur because of the following circumstances:
- Punctures in the tire
- Low tire pressure
- Overinflated tires
- Using old tires
- Hitting a curb
- Carrying more weight than the tire can manage
If you or a loved one was involved in a serious accident because of a tire failure, it’s imperative to make sure the tires and the vehicle are retained. If you are currently not in possession of your car, contact your insurance company, police, towing service, or even junkyard to get it back in your possession so it can be used as evidence in your case.
Tire tread separation is a hazardous condition wherein the tread of the tire separates itself from the casing or body of the tire. Tires are comprised of specific rubber compounds, fortified by plies of metal wires and fabric cords which are coated with adhesives and rubber during curing before being bonded. A strong bond between these various components is necessary to provide the appropriate durability.
Several factors which can reduce the strength of the tire bond include:
- Manufacturing defect – When the chemical processes during manufacturing and the tread and steel belting section didn’t bond to the casing properly, this can cause the tire to become out-of-balance and form a bump in the tread area. Despite the low numbers, tire manufacturing defects are one of the most common causes for tread separation.
- Improper tire repair – The best and most efficient method of repairing tire punctures is by either using the plug or radial patch. Failure to correctly do so can cause a tread separation to begin.
- Excessive tire wear – Tires are only limited to a set number of miles prior to changing them out. When those limits are exceeded, the chances of suffering a blowout, loss of traction, and tread separation will have drastically increased.
- Tire abuse – Over inflation of the tire can cause excessive heat generation, making it difficult to absorb road shocks. Constantly driving over potholes will definitely cause tread separation.
At Jerome Fjeld & Associates, PLLC, we understand how difficult life may be for you and your family after suffering a tire failure accident. With over ten years of legal experience, we have won millions of dollars on behalf of our clients. Let us represent your injury claim today.