Dania Beach truck accidents involving tire defects usually make the news. Not only are tire defects a common known cause of truck accidents, but truck accidents tend to be more serious – and are more likely to be fatal — than many smaller vehicle crashes. However, many Florida and Dania Beach car accidents are also caused by defective tires. Single-vehicle accidents and even more serious multi-car accidents can be caused by several tire problems:
1) Tire wear-and-tear and tire bald spots. With high mileage, tires can eventually wear down and break down. For this reason, it is important for drivers to check their tires often. It is especially important to check tires frequently for loss of treads. Treads are what help the tire grip the road, and when treads are worn, Dania Beach traffic accidents are more common, especially in wet conditions. Wear and tear can also eventually cause the tire to burst or fail, so it is important to consider the age and the wear on the tires.
2) Older tires. The rubber that tires are made of ages and deteriorates, even when it is not used. This can especially be the case in Florida and in Dania Beach, where high temperatures can allow the rubber to deteriorate even more quickly. All tires have a code on them, which can allow you to evaluate how old the tire is. You can contact the manufacturer to determine how old your tires are and whether they are still safe.
3) Wrong size tires. Incorrectly sized tires – even one tire that is the wrong size – can throw your vehicle off balance, increasing your risk of a Dania Beach rollover accident or car accident. One thing that many drivers do not think of, for instance, is the spare tire in their trunk. If you get a flat tire and put on your spare, in many cases the spare tire is a smaller size. The aim of the spare tire is to get you to a mechanic or auto shop to get a new tire. You should never drive around on this spare tire, as it is not the correct size and intention for that tire.
4) Under inflation or over inflation. A tire that is overinflated or underinflated is more likely to blow out or fail on the road. A simple pressure gauge is very inexpensive and allows you to check your own tire pressure yourself as needed. Checking your tire pressure lets you top up air in your tires when you need it, which also allows you to enjoy better mileage for your fuel.
5) Poor alignment. Incorrectly maintained and aligned tires can fail, so it is important to have them aligned periodically, especially when you switch tires or get a new set of tires for your car.
6) Defective tires. In some cases, manufacturers create tires which are defective. Checking for recalls periodically is important. However, even if a tire has not been recalled yet, that does not necessarily mean that there aren’t defects with a tire that have caused known problems. In many cases, Dania Beach tire defect cases only come to light after a certain number of people have been injured. If you suspect that you were involved in a car collision because of a tire defect, speak to a Dania Beach personal injury attorney. A good attorney can determine whether the tire manufacturer is a liable party in your case.