National Tire Safety Week is June 2-8, 2013. Our Philadelphia auto accident attorneys would like to use this opportunity to ask, “Are your tires safe?”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 400 people a year lose their lives in car or truck accidents caused by tire failure. Many of these accidents happen in summer.
As temperatures increase, so does your risk of a Pennsylvania tire-blowout accident. Worn tires are a danger any time of year, but driving on hot roads can put added stress on a tire and make a tire blowout accident more likely to occur. Older tires and underinflated tires are especially susceptible.
Regular tire maintenance can help reduce your chances of a tire blowout. When the weather is hot, check your tires for signs of tread wear and damage every time you get in the car. Check your tire pressure on a regular basis, and make sure your tires are rotated about every 5,000 miles (see your owner’s manual) to reduce irregular wear. If you are planning a long trip, make sure your tires are in good condition before you leave.
Not all tire failure is due to poor maintenance. Some tires have design flaws that can cause premature tire failure.
Tire manufacturers are required by law to perform rigorous testing of tires. But, despite testing, there have been numerous tire recalls. If a defective tire causes an accident, the manufacturer of the tire may be liable for any injuries and damage caused by the accident.
If you have been involved in a Pennsylvania car accident caused by dangerous tires, our Philadelphia accident injury attorneys can help. The accident lawyers Mednick, Mezyk & Kredo will investigate the cause of your accident and identify the responsible party. We can help you get fair compensation for your injuries, lost income, property damage, pain and suffering, and other accident-related losses. To schedule your free consultation, contact Mednick, Mezyk & Kredo at 1-888-807-9675.