Have a Holiday Blowout, Just Not With Your Tires
By Rob Ammons
You’re driving on Interstate 10, anxious to visit your family for the long holiday weekend, when suddenly you hear a loud “Bang! Bang!” Your vehicle begins to slow down and it veers hard to the left or right. Your vehicle has likely suffered a tire blowout.
Remain calm. Keep a firm grip on the steering wheel and allow the vehicle to slow down at its natural speed. Do not slam on the brakes as this could cause the vehicle to lose control. Guide your vehicle to the first available shoulder on the side of the road away from busy traffic and turn your emergency flashers on. Call for help. If you have emergency triangles or reflectors, place those behind your vehicle.
Check the age of your tires. Tires that are older than 6 years can pose a substantial hazard to drivers. With the passage of time, “a tire’s internal structure degrades, reducing adhesion with the steel belts, which will cause a tread separation. Aging is the process by which heat generates in tires and degradation occurs due to oxidation. Slight tears or abrasions from normal wear and tear allow oxygen to seep into the tire. Older tires may also be used after serving as a spare.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an incident caused by a tire blowout as a result of another’s negligence or defective design, you may have a potential claim for damages. The Ammons Law Firm and its team have the legal resources and experience to assist you. Call (713) 523-1606.