How Can Old Tires Cause Accidents?


Many years ago, a famous TV commercial declared, “Because so much is riding on your tires.” Indeed, tires are an integral part of your vehicle’s ability to function properly, and, in turn, keep you alive on the road. Old tires, though, can cause accidents.


According to statistics from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, worn tires cause nearly 11,000 crashes and 200 deaths annually.


Tires are like most products– over time they get old, worn out, and need replacing. Tires have tread, which gets worn down to the point where the tires become “bald,” not properly gripping the pavement as intended. It’s like wearing smooth-bottomed shoes to walk on ice– no grip.


Changes in weather and temperature also wear out tires– think of the fact that summer’s extremely hot temperatures followed by winter’s cold temperatures affect tires, too. When grooves in the tires are no longer there, tires heat up and their rubber breaks down and ultimately fails.


Old, worn tires are prone to punctures, hydroplaning, and leaks. Terrible accidents can occur.


If you are injured in an accident caused by a vehicle with worn, faulty or degraded tires, you may be able to recover damages from the driver whose car is at fault for failing to replace tires that have been recalled or for failing to follow NHTSA guidelines for tire maintenance and replacement. A tire manufacturer may also be held liable if the tire causing your accident failed due to poor construction or a manufacturing defect.


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