The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is continuing to get the word out about tire safety this summer and throughout the year. According to the NHTSA, there are nearly 11,000 tire-related crashes each year. In 2016, there were 733 motor vehicle fatalities involving tire malfunction as a contributing factor in the crash. Tires are essentially the only thing between you and the roadway, and tire safety needs to be a top priority for all motorists.

Car Accidents and Tire Safety in California

Blowouts and other tire-related malfunctions can lead to injury causing and potentially fatal car crashes. After any type of car accident, it’s a good idea to speak with a Personal Injury lawyer about your claim.

Tire Maintenance

In addition to proper tire maintenance like rotations, alignment and balancing, it’s important to maintain tires between tune-ups and oil changes. The best way you can keep your tires maintained is by making sure they’re always properly inflated. Not only can this help to prevent unnecessary and uneven wear, it can help to prevent issues like blowouts. Also, properly inflated tires can save you as much as 11 cents per gallon at the pump.

What if You Have a Blowout?

  • Hold the steering wheel in both hands.
  • Maintain your vehicle speed if possible and if it is safe to do so.
  • Gradually release the accelerator.
  • Correct the steering as necessary to stabilize your vehicle and regain control.
  • Look where you want to go and steer in that direction.
  • Once your vehicle has stabilized, continue to slow down and pull off of the road when and where you judge it is safe to do so.

Tire Buying

When shopping for a tire, it’s important to get the appropriate tire for your vehicle and the type of weather you will be driving in. The NHTSA has a tire ratings lookup tool to help during the shopping process. Additionally, you should always check the age of the tires you’re considering purchasing. It doesn’t matter if the tire looks brand new. If you’re purchasing new tires, they should have been manufactured recently, not a few years ago.

Harris Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help You

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.

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