Various news agencies reports that a man is dead after his car crashed because his tire blew out. A 45-year-old male was driving east-bound on Interstate 10 this past weekend when his Ford Ranger failed and he lost control of the vehicle. Investigators report that because of the tire failing, the Ranger headed into the median and overturned several times. The male was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
According to a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, more than a quarter of automobiles and about a third of light trucks (including sport utility vehicles, vans, and pickup trucks) on the roadways of the United States have one or more tires under-inflated 8 pounds per square inch (psi) or more below the level recommended by the vehicle manufacturer, according to a report by the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). A decrease in tire pressure can be caused by poor maintenance, driving habits, punctures, road conditions, and the quality of material used in tire construction. According to tire experts, under normal driving conditions, air-filled tires can lose from 1 to 2 psi per month as air permeates through the tires. Vehicles with under-inflated tires have had handling problems that caused crashes resulting in fatalities and injuries. In addition, the fuel economy of vehicles driving on under-inflated tires is slightly lower.
So what can you do as a driver?
The easiest way to remain safe from a tire blow-out is to prevent the occurrence. The proper inflation of tires, monitoring the wear, and routine inspection of tires is the proper course to avoid the occurrence. Regardless of proactive measures, the event can still occur.
The puncture of the tire is the most common cause while hitting a curb, low tire pressure, normal wear out and tire malfunction are some other causes. As a law enforcement driver, it is best to be prepared for the event and have the knowledge to prevent a tragic consequence.
What can you do if you have a tire blow out?
The first indication of a blow-out will be a loud booming sound going throughout the vehicle. The first action is to avoid panic and to not overreact. The instinct of many could be to brake hard or steer the vehicle. This could lead to tragic consequences. The dynamics of a vehicle will not cause it to crash, the driver’s actions could.
Following a blow-out, vehicles have a tendency to pull toward the side of the deflated tire. The proper action following a blow-out is to slightly accelerate. This will keep the vehicle momentum constant and will compensate for the pulling of the vehicle towards the flat tire. The steering wheel should be held straight and firm. Once the vehicle is under control and away from traffic, the driver should decelerate or brake lightly to stop the vehicle.
If you or a loved one was injured as a result of an accident resulting from a tire blow out, please contact us at Brannon & Brannon for a free consultation at (850)659-2252 or through our website at brannoncanhelp.com.