Did you know that underinflated or worn tires increase your risk of becoming a Florida accident victim? Jupiter car accident lawyer David Glatthorn explains.
According to a new study performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 5% of (or 1 in every 20) vehicles involved in U.S. crashes experience some sort of tire problem immediately before the crash. In fact, only 31 percent of single-vehicle car accidents are not tire-related.
Why do tires make such a difference? Tires that are worn can blow out without warning. Tires that are underinflated can overheat, affect vehicle handling, and even fail. Once a tire problem occurs, a driver has only moments to react and prevent a Jupiter car accident.
The NHTSA study found that vehicles with underinflated tires are three times more likely than other vehicles to be involved in a Jupiter car crash linked to tire problems. When bad tires are combined with other factors like bad weather, the risk increases even more. When weather was not a factor, 3.9% of car crashes involved damaged or underinflated tires. When the weather was bad, the percentage increased to 11.2%.
If your car was manufactured after the 2007 model year, it came with a tire pressure monitoring system. This system will let you know if your tire pressure is low, but it is not a substitute for monthly tire pressure checks. It is up to you to check the wear on your tires.
If you are injured in Florida because another driver had bad tires, you have the right to seek compensation. To learn more, request a free copy of Jupiter accident lawyer David Glatthorn's book, The Florida Accident Workbook: Tools, Tips & Tactics to Resolve Your Injury Claim, or contact David Glatthorn at 866-413-5525.