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Automobile Tire Failure

Tire Failure Attorney James Walker shares his thoughts on potential summer driving hazards.

Known for its heat, Houston has experienced surprisingly cool weather this spring, but don’t let that fool you. All Houstonians know that summer is coming and that means tire blowout season is too. Houston Tire Failure Attorney James Walker discusses the potential problems your tires face on the roads this summer.

Tire blowout season is typically from the middle of May through early October. When outside temperatures are at its hottest, it is the reason that tires will start failing. This is caused by air molecules. The temperature of a gas (the air in your tires) relates to the speed at which the molecules are moving and how hard those molecules hit the walls of the tire. Gas molecules will move faster as temperatures increase. When this happens, they will collide with the walls of the tire harder and at a higher frequency causing the tire to expand.

 

How does Tire Failure Happen?

The rubber tires can expand to a certain limit and once that limit is at full capacity it is inevitable that the pressure will cause the tire to explode.  There are multiple factors to take into consideration that drivers need to be aware of.  The surface temperature of an asphalt road or a concrete road will be much hotter than the outside temperature.  If it is 90 degrees outside the road could easily be 150 degrees.  This is another way that the air molecules are increasing in temperature.  As temperature increases, the pressure increases. An increase in temperature will usually result in an increase in pressure.

Extremely hot temperatures outside exacerbates heat build-up, weakening the tire and potentially leading to abrupt and sometimes catastrophic failure.  Tire blowouts have created dangerous travel conditions for drivers.  Some simple steps to follow are: Keep the air pressure at the correct amount, this will reduce the risk of a tire failure.  Always check tires monthly or if there is a fluctuation in temperatures of more than 10 degrees.  Keep a tire gauge in the vehicle always.  If you notice a tire that looks low it might have a slow leak form a foreign object (nail, screw, etc.).

 

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Tire defects are the cause of a significant number of car accidents every year.  If you’ve been injured in an automobile accident caused by a defective tire or tire failure, Walker Texas Lawyer and the legal team at the Walker Law Firm can help.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 8,000+ car accidents every year can be attributed to tire blowouts. A tire blowout refers to a situation in which a tire loses air rapidly and explosively, resulting in a loss of control over the vehicle. The tire can quickly deflate as it loses air, placing the vehicle at an increased risk for a rollover. When a vehicle has a defective tire, this may significantly compromise a driver’s ability to maneuver the vehicle. This may lead to a single-vehicle or multi-vehicle collision that leaves drivers, passengers and anyone else involved seriously injured.

Tire defects can come in all shapes and sizes, but they usually result in tire failure such as blowouts or tread separation. There are many reasons for a tire blow out, such as:

  • Poor tire construction
  • Manufacturing defects in the tire itself
  • De-beading
  • Tire shredding
  • De-treading
  • Adhesion failures

You can learn more about the causes of tire failure by visiting another expert in the field, friend of the Walker Law Firm and highly respected Tire Defect Trial Lawyer, Rob Ammons.  The Walker Law Firm often consults with Mr. Ammons on issues of tire failure and accidents caused by tread separation and blowouts on the highway.

How does Tread Separation lead to Tire Failure?

When a tire is made, the base part of the tire is built first and then through various chemical and heating processes, steel belts are embedded in the tire, and finally, the tread is applied. Steel-belted radial tires are especially prone to tread separation. When the tread separates the driver may lose control of the vehicle, even when the tire does not lose pressure. Tread separation is usually due to some problem in the manufacturing process.

The tire may be designed defectively or constructive carelessly. The manufacturer may use rubber that is too old and dry, miss warning signs during final inspection, use petroleum solvent before vulcanization, and cure moisture into the tire. Although tread separation usually occurs with a tire several years old being driven at a fairly fast speed, there have also been cases of brand new tires separating while being driven at slower speeds, such as 15 or 20 mph. Of course, the faster you are driving when you experience a tire failure due to tread separation or blowout, the more likely the chances that you will be seriously hurt or even killed.

A report from the National Highway Safety Administration revealed that tread separations reduced the ability of drivers to control their vehicles, especially when the tire failure occurs on a rear tire at a high speed. The report also found that there is a much higher likelihood of death, injury, and crashes when the tread separation occurs on an SUV than on a pickup truck.

 

I have been Injured due to Tire Failure: What should I do?

Contact an experience tire failure lawyer in Houston, Texas.  Contact Walker Texas Lawyer today at 713-552-1117 or fill out our case evaluation request now.  Attorney James S. Walker has dedicated his life to fighting on behalf of over 25,000 clients. He has witnessed first hand the peace that comes with justice. Attorney James S. Walker is a personal injury lawyer located in Houston, Texas. Inside Houston Magazine ranks Attorney Walker as one of the top lawyers in Houston. His firm, Walker and Hunter P.C. has been voted Law Firm of the Year.  A graduate of Michigan State University with a law degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan, Attorney Walker, or “Walker Texas Lawyer,” as he is sometimes known, is a caring personal injury lawyer who aggressively fights for his clients.

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