With summer upon us, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently issued a public warning, alerting drivers throughout the U.S. that hot weather can increase the risk of tire failure, which can potentially lead to serious car accidents. The reason for this increased risk is that hot weather causes the roadways’ temperatures to increase, which can, in turn, lead to tires breaking down more easily. Because tire failure causes about 11,000 motor vehicle accidents each year in the U.S., the NHTSA is warning drivers to take the time to ensure that their tires have the proper air pressure and treading to minimize the chances of tire failure and resulting car accidents this summer.
Causes of Tire Failure
While hot weather is a factor that can contribute to an increased risk of tire failure, particularly for tires that are already in poor condition, some specific causes of tire failure include (but are not limited to):
- Tire blowouts
- Bald tires or worn down treads on tires
- Tread separations
- Under-inflated tires (In fact, in addition to increasing the risk of tire failure and car accidents, under-inflated tires can also result in poor fuel economy, poor vehicle handling and the need for longer stopping distances).
Denver Car Accident Attorneys
If you have been injured in or have lost a loved one in a truck accident, car accident or in any type of traffic accident caused by tire failure, you are encouraged to consult with the motor vehicle accident lawyers at the Law Office of Mike Hulen, PC.
Our trusted Denver personal injury and accident attorneys have a proven track record of successfully handling car accident cases, wrongful death suits and other types of personal injury lawsuits, and we are experienced at helping victims and their families secure the maximum possible settlement for their losses. We encourage those who think they may have a claim to meet with us for a free initial consult to learn more about their legal rights and to receive a thorough evaluation of their case. Call us at (303) 932-8666 to get your case started at no upfront cost.