What do I do After a Tire Blowout? 6 Tips to Remain Calm
A tire blowout is extremely dangerous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 664 motor vehicle traffic fatalities in 2020 due to tire-related issues.
One of the worst sounds when driving is a loud BOOM. If it’s coming from the area around your tires, chances are that it’s a tire blowout. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a tire blowout is defined as a rapid loss of tire air pressure that can cause your vehicle to lose control.
There are many different causes that can lead to a tire blowout:
- Poorly maintained roads – hitting a pothole or some other neglected part of a road can cause severe damage to your tire.
- Tire puncture – There could be a nail or shard of glass ran over weeks ago that is finally giving way to your tires’ dependability.
- Low air pressure – Not having adequate tire pressure can lead the tire to develop weak spots.
- Uneven tread – If your tires are not rotated when they should be, the tires can wear down in an uneven manner.
- Old tires – Many sources recommend changing your tires every three to five years to prevent a tire blowout.
- Manufacturing errors – Keep your eyes open to see if there are any recalls on your tires. Defects often lead to dangerous ramifications, including blowouts.
If you find yourself in a tire blowout, you can follow this guideline to try helping with safety:
- Relax. Any overreaction can make matters worse.
- Do not slam on the brakes. This can cause the wheels to lock up, and you could lose complete control of the vehicle.
- Slowly accelerate the vehicle.
- As you slow down, gently remove your foot from the accelerator. Sudden or fast motion can cause you to lose control.
- Turn on your hazards.
- If the vehicle is stable enough to do so, pull over.
There are a few ways you can try preventing a tire blowout:
- Check your tire pressure – Keeping an eye on the levels of your tires can be extremely helpful in preventing tire blowouts. Tires can lose pressure in extreme weather conditions, such as bitter cold.
- Always replace worn tires – Follow manufacturer recommendations on getting new tires.
- Be cautious of road hazards – As previously mentioned, damage in a road, or running over debris, can be extremely detrimental to your car’s tires. Try to avoid such dangers if possible.
- Don’t overload your car – Driving your vehicle with a load over the recommended weight can put more pressure on your tires, causing them to leak.
Tire blowouts can be stressful, and lead to accidents. If you were involved in an accident from a tire blowout, reach out to our Los Angeles accident attorneys today.
At C&B Law Group, our LA injury lawyers can help with injuries suffered from such an event. Many tire blowout accidents lead to injuries like:
- Neck pain
- Neck injury
- Back Pain
- Back injury
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Broken bones
- Cuts and lacerations
- Internal bleeding
Our experienced Los Angeles lawyers will diligently work to hold at-fault parties responsible for your damages, both economic and non-economic. They can help recover damages such as:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Loss of wages
- Treatment for mental health
- Pain and suffering
With over five years of experience, C&B Law Group is committed to helping our clients. There could be reasons you are unaware of, such as manufacturer error, that will aid your claim. Our lawyers will go through your situation with a fine-tooth comb to ensure we have all necessary information needed to help you get the compensation you need after such a traumatic accident.
Don’t hesitate to contact us about your tire blowout accident. Reach out for more information about a free consultation.