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How Often Do Tires Cause Accidents?

Posted on : October 15, 2018, By:  Grace Chang

A safety group has recently challenged the data put forth by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about fatalities tied to tires.  The highway safety advocacy group known as the Safety Institute have asked questions regarding the discrepancies in the fatality statistics associated with tires on two different parts of the agency’s website.  

Tires can cause accidents in many ways, but they can also make accidents much worse when the accident was caused by something or someone else.

The TireWise website has an estimate of 386 tire-related fatalities in 2014 and 733 fatalities in 2015. The safety advocacy group says that the new figure does not capture all of the data effectively. The NHTSA, according to the group, should review their past rulemaking decisions for tire safety that might have been based on methods and data that were unsuitable for a statistical study of this topic.  

Tire-related accidents can occur as a result of a variety of different issues. For example, a tire blowout could cause someone to lose control of their vehicle. A defective tire could also cause a person to unexpectedly suffer in an accident and leave others dealing with injuries tied to that accident as well. Appropriate data is often used to make policy-making decisions surrounding tire manufacturer guidelines and other issues.  

If your tire blows initially to cause the accident or if it blows out because someone else hits you, you need to consult with a lawyer about your personal injury claim. If the tire is determined to be defective, this could be its own legal claim against the manufacturer of the tire. The only way to know for sure whether you have one or multiple lawsuit claims is to have a lawyer who can conduct an accident investigation right away.

Schedule a consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer if you’ve already been hurt in an accident that you believe was caused by someone else or a defective product on your car.