Check Your Tires to Prevent Blowouts

By Pyle Law, September 08 2020 4:40 pm


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Check Your Tires to Prevent Blowouts

By Pyle Law, September 08 2020 4:40 pm
Check Your Tires to Prevent Blowouts

Tires tether our vehicles to the road, and when they’re not maintained safely, they can lead to dangerous blowouts that endanger everyone in the vicinity. A simple maintenance schedule is all it takes to help keep your tires roadworthy and in excellent shape. 

When a tire blows out unexpectedly, it can be as dangerous as it is terrifying. Maintaining your tires in safe, working condition is critical to driving safely, and it affords you the satisfaction that comes from knowing you take the necessary precautions to help keep our roads safer for everyone who travels on them. If a less careful motorist’s tire blowout causes you to be injured in a car accident, a dedicated Kansas car accident attorney can help.

Unsafe Tires: The Statistics

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shares some serious statistics related to unsafe tires, including:

  • Only about 19 percent of motorists regularly check and inflate their tires properly. If your vehicle model is 2007 or later, it has a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) built-in that will alert you to a significant loss of 25 percent or more in pressure.
  • In 2017, there were 738 tire-related traffic fatalities.
  • About one out of every four cars has at least one tire that is underinflated to a significant degree.

Our tires connect our vehicles to the road, and as such, they are a primary safety concern.

Maintaining Safe Tires

When it comes to checking your tires for safety and keeping them in tiptop shape, NHTSA recommends all of the following:

  • Check the pressure in each tire at least once a month – tires lose about one pound per square inch (1psi) each month.
  • Have your tires rotated every 5,000 to 8,000 miles (or in accordance with your vehicle manual).
  • Have a professional check your tires once a year for breakdowns in their rubber exteriors, which can be exacerbated by direct sunlight and intense heat.

Additionally, it’s a good idea to give your tires a look each time you head out on the road. Taking a brief loop around your vehicle with an eye toward your tires can mean the difference between a safe outing and a dangerous blowout.

Other Motorists

Unfortunately, not all drivers are as safety conscious and proactive as they should be. Another motorist’s negligent upkeep related to his or her vehicle’s tires can leave you seriously injured in a blowout accident. 

Seek the Experienced Counsel of a Kansas Car Accident Attorney

Keeping your tires safely maintained is a great way to help keep you and your family safe out there, but there isn’t much you can do about other motorists on the road. If another motorist’s negligent maintenance practices leave you injured in an accident caused by a tire blowout, the formidable car accident attorney at Pyle Law in Kansas is committed to applying his considerable experience in his aggressive pursuit of your most favorable case resolution. Your case matters, so please don’t hesitate to contact or call us at 620-374-9299 for more information today.

A Columbus car accident lawyer could help you hold a negligent driver accountable for the harm they caused you. Schedule a free consultation today.
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