Tire blowouts are a common cause of accidents. Keeping tires properly inflated and replacing them when they are old or worn are actions drivers should take to avoid blowout accidents.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) designates the first week of June as National Tire Safety Week and urges consumers to be "tire wise." NHTSA advises that in addition to proper inflation and tire replacement, you should do the following:
- Pay attention to tire size and type. Different vehicles require certain tire sizes. Also, depending on the type of terrain and climate, you may need to purchase special tires.
- Register your tires and be aware of recalls. When you purchase tires, you should also register them because manufacturing companies notify registered consumers about tire recalls.
The National Trial Lawyers (NTL) recently described a case where a New Jersey appeals court upheld a $5.5 million verdict in a lawsuit brought by a family against General Motors Company (GMC). Their lawsuit alleged negligent servicing three days prior to their SUV overturning on Interstate 95. The rear tire blew out, causing a crash.
The family had purchased three maintenance agreements from the dealership and had the vehicle serviced 17 times prior to the accident. Before their trip, the owner brought the vehicle in because something was wrong with the rear axle. It turned out that employees had rotated a tire with a bald spot to the rear of the vehicle. Their maintenance regarding the rear axle complaint was even in violation of the GM service manual, which listed checking tires as the first action to take for this type of problem. Several family members suffered serious injuries as a result of the car accident and they held the dealership accountable.
Seeking justice and receiving fair compensation for damages is a major concern when someone else is responsible for your car accident. By working with experienced Bradenton accident attorneys, you can protect your rights and seek recovery for damages.