While traveling along the roadway, a vehicle next to you suddenly experiences a tire blowout, causing the driver to lose control and careen into you. The resulting crash leaves you with extensive injuries and property damage. Even though the driver may not have predicted that the blowout would occur, he or she may still be liable for the crash if it was caused by improperly inflated tires. Improper tire inflation is a leading cause of tire blowouts.
Five Tips About Tire Pressure and Driver Liability
What responsibilities do drivers have when it comes to properly maintaining the air pressure in their tires? The following is an overview:
- Every driver has a responsibility to monitor tire pressure in order to avoid an accident.
- Drivers are typically instructed in their vehicle’s owner’s manual to ensure that their tire pressure falls within a certain range for safety. Drivers are obligated to follow the safety and maintenance guidance provided in the owner’s manual.
- Even if a driver does not have an owner’s manual, it is not an excuse to avoid liability in the event of an accident. Tire pressure information is typically imprinted somewhere on the vehicle itself.
- Many cars have automatic warning lights that notify drivers when tire pressure is too low or too high. Ignoring these warning lights can lead to liability in the event of a crash caused by improper tire pressure.
- Even if the car does not have automatic warning lights or if the warning lights are not working properly, the driver still has a responsibility to be proactive about checking the tire pressure. Tire pressure can easily by checked by using an air pressure gauge. This important tool is available for use at most gas stations and auto repair shops.
If your vehicle was struck by another car that experienced a tire blowout, it is important to act quickly in order to protect your legal rights. You may be entitled to pursue a claim for compensation. We encourage you to contact us today for a free, no obligation case consultation.