Accidents from tire blowouts

Accidents from tire blowouts

Tire blowouts cause vehicles to lose control. This increases the risk of injury due to rollovers and collisions with other vehicles or objects. Traveling at higher speeds or in less stable vehicles such as SUVs and large passenger vans increases the likelihood of injuries as a result of a tire blowout.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that each year, in crashes resulting from flat tire/blowout causes, there are over 400 fatalities and over 10,000 non-fatal injuries. Tire blowouts cause over 23,400 tow-away crashes annually.

 With these statistics in mind, it may be beneficial to know the best steps to take in the event of a flat tire or tire blowout.

 What should I do in the event of a tire blowout?

If you are driving while there is a rapid loss of tire pressure or blowout, you should attempt to maintain the vehicle balanced and under control. Any overreaction, including abruptly releasing your foot from the accelerator or slamming on the brakes may result in a loss of vehicle control. Abruptly removing your foot from the accelerator causes the vehicle’s weight to be transferred from the rear to the front tires, potentially leading to loss of control. Applying brakes makes the vehicle further destabilizes the vehicle.

In a blowout situation, you should gradually release the accelerator, after controlled, corrective steering, look and steer in the direction you want the vehicle to go and, once stabilized, continue to slow down and pull over where you deem it safe to do so. These steps should be taken regardless of whether the front or back tire blows out. The main difference will be that you will feel a front tire blowout more in the steering whereas you will feel the force of a rear tire blowout more in the vehicle’s body.

What causes blowouts?

 Most tire blowouts are preventable. Some of the principal causes of tire blowouts include:

What is tire ageing?

Tires have a limited life of service regardless of use or tread depth. Ageing tires is a little known danger outside of the tire manufacturing industry and is likely to continue causing a significant amount of tread separations. These tires can inadvertently put into service after being stored in warehouses and garages, used on a vehicle that is not driven often, or having served as a spare. These “aged” tires are likely to be put into service because they may have adequate tread depth and show no visible signs of deterioration.

The age of a tire can be determined from the tire’s serial or identification number, which is molded into the tire’s sidewall. This number, however, is not easy for the average consumer to decode.

Sudden tire blowouts or flat tires can lead to a wide variety of serious injuries. At the law firm of Curran & Desharnais, P.C., we provide experienced representation for people who have been injured in car and SUV accidents throughout Massachusetts & the greater Boston area.

Call the Greater Boston Personal Injury Attorneys at the Law Office of Curran & Desharnais, P.C. Today at 781-618-3197 or 1-888-682-9194 or email Attorney Curran directly at

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