Defective Tires Create Danger for Florida Drivers

In July 2011 a 55-year-old Florida man and his 11-year-old son died in a car accident due to a tire failure. Florida Highway patrol officers who investigated the crash reported that the man was traveling on Interstate 4 when his rear tire lost part of its tread, causing the man to lose control of the vehicle. The vehicle eventually overturned onto its roof and despite the fact that all of the passengers in the vehicle were wearing seatbelts, the driver and his son died of the injuries sustained in the crash.

This tragic accident demonstrates the dangers that tire defects can pose for drivers. It is important for people to know what makes a tire defective and the typical Miami car accidents that result from defective tires.

Florida Car Accidents Caused by Defective Tires Start With the Manufacturer

Tire manufacturers make tires by assembling rubber, fabric cord and steel wire in a mold and applying heat and pressure to the point where the rubber is almost liquid. The rubber vulcanizes and the final tire shape forms. If something goes wrong in the manufacturing process, a variety of defects can occur in the tire.

A low-level malfunction happens when the tire's tread cures into a slightly conical shape, rather than the cylindrical shape it is supposed to be. This causes brand-new tires to force the vehicle to pull to one side during operation. Other results of manufacturing defects include tread separation, blowouts or explosions.

Miami Motor Vehicle Accidents Resulting from Defective Tires

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics show that about 414 deaths and 10,275 injuries occur annually due to tire problems. Typical accidents that result from tire defects are rollover accidents.

When a tire explodes, blows out or loses its tread at highway speeds, the driver is often not able to control the vehicle any longer. It is especially difficult for a driver to maintain control of the vehicle if the tire that fails is on the rear of the vehicle, as the steering wheel and brakes are not as effective at helping the driver maintain control as when it is a front tire that fails. Out-of-control vehicles travelling at highway speed often end up rolling over. The more top-heavy a vehicle is, the more likely it is to roll.

Why Tire Defect Accidents Are Dangerous

Almost 10,000 people die each year in rollover accidents according to government statistics. The reason that rollover accidents are so devastating is that the roof and support structure of many vehicles are weaker than the rest of the vehicle frame. If a vehicle flips onto the roof, passengers can sustain such serious injuries as spinal cord damage, traumatic brain injury, paraplegia and quadriplegia. Some rollovers result in a fatal car accident as well.

Tire failure can be frightening and have catastrophic consequences. Tire manufacturers have a duty to sell safe products and need to be responsible when their products fail. If you have been involved in a car accident due to tire failure, a Miami defective tire attorney can discuss your situation with you and advise you on your options for recovering for your injuries.

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