July 31, 2012
Tire defects can be a major concern for motorists since consumer advocates estimate that 10,000 injuries and 500 deaths are associated with motor vehicle accidents caused by tire failures each year.
For instance, a 2000 Ford F-250 pickup truck recently crashed, killing 14 people and injuring nine others. According to WIVB 4 News, the accident happened Sunday on US Highway 59, about 90 miles southeast of San Antonio, Texas. Police say that the vehicle was traveling northbound when the front right tire of the truck began to separate, which caused the vehicle to veer off the right shoulder of the road where it struck two trees.
This is not the first time tire failures have been associated with Texas Car Accident fatalities. Several years ago, Bridgestone/Firestone was forced to recall hundreds of thousands of its Firestone ATX and Wilderness tires after premature wear and separation were found to be the cause in a series of fatal accidents.
Under and over inflation of tires can also often lead to malfunctions. This problem led to the government requiring lower tire pressure sensors to be installed on all new vehicles being manufactured.
The Bryan Personal Injury Lawyers with Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers suggest regularly checking the tread and pressure of the tires on your vehicle to prevent these accidents from occurring. Regularly rotating the tires on your vehicle will also help ensure an even tread throughout the life of your tire.