NHTSA Warns About Hot Weather Dangers for Tires
Gregg Hollander | July 9, 2013 | Personal Injury
July 9, 2013
SNHTSA Warns About Hot Weather Dangers for Tires Your car’s tires are one of the most important parts of your vehicle because the tires maintain contact with the road and ultimately keep the car under control. Unfortunately, our Fort Myers injury lawyers know that when the tires begin to break down or when tire treads start to separate, the car can become less stable and may even suddenly veer out of control. This can happen as a result of old or improperly designed tires, but it can also happen when tires are exposed to excessive heat or are improperly inflated.
During the hot Florida summers, therefore, there is an increased chance of tire breakdown occurring and causing an accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
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Tire Breakdowns More Likely to Occur in Hot Weather
When the summer sun beats down on South Florida roads, the pavement can quickly heat up to excessive temps. As your tires travel along the roadways, the high temperatures can have a detrimental effect on the rubber and can increase the chances of tire failure. This is especially likely to happen when cars travel on highways and tires spin at high speeds on the hot pavement.
As the tires are exposed to the heat, the tread may begin to separate, causing the car to lose control. Under and over-inflated tires; bald tires; and tires with worn treads are especially prone to being damaged by excessive summer heat, so the NHTSA warns that a tire-related accident is more likely to occur if your tire suffers from one of these issues.
The risks of these tire-related accidents is substantial, with the NHTSA estimating that as many as 11,000 crashes happen each year throughout the U.S. because of tire failure. Such an accident could injure the driver and passengers in the car with the defective tires, but could also injure any others who happen to be on the road at the same time when the tire problem occurs and the car goes out of control.
Who is to Blame When Tire Problems Cause Accidents?
If an accident occurs as a result of a problem with the tires, then there are a number of possibilities regarding redress. In some cases, the tire manufacturer will be considered to be legally liable for the accident if the tire problems are attributed to a design defect or flaw in the tires themselves. In other cases, a driver who was negligent in maintaining his tires or in checking tire pressure could be considered legally liable and made to compensate accident victims.
To protect yourself from liability and to avoid causing a crash that could injure yourself or others, you should follow the NHTSA’s tire safety tips for summer. These tips include making sure you use a pressure gauge to check your tires’ PSI and ensuring that your PSI falls within the manufacturer’s recommendations for your car.
The PSI recommendations are normally found in your owner’s manual, and many cars also have tire pressure monitor warning systems that will also alert you when your tires don’t have the right pressure.
Don’t ignore the warning signs.