When an accident occurs, most people think of the errors the driver made while driving that could have caused the accident. While many car crashes do occur because of the negligence of drivers, some negligent acts are not directly related to the driving behavior of the driver but rather the functioning of the vehicle. If a driver fails to ensure that the vehicle is in proper working order or an automobile manufacturer fails to issue a recall, an accident could occur.
Can tire maintenance decrease automobile collisions? According to 2013 data, 539 people were killed in tire-related accidents. Moreover, roughly 19,000 people are injured every year because of tires. What was the major reason for these tire-related accidents? According to the National Transportation Safety Board, poor tire maintenance was the most common cause for a tire-related crash.
What does in mean to do maintenance on a tire? This means ensuring that all tires on the vehicle are in working orders, are properly inflated, have adequate tread, are not damaged and any repairs done to them were done properly. According to a 2014 survey, roughly 69 percent of vehicles have at least one underinflated tire. Additionally, it was found that many motorists fail to register their tires with the manufacturer, which makes it difficult for them to be contacted in the event of a tire recall.
If a tire is not properly maintained, this could lead to tire failure. This could ultimately cause a blowout or loss of control of a vehicle. Such a situation could cause a serious collision on the roadway. If a driver fails to properly maintain tires and that leads to an accident, those harmed in the collision could possibly hold the driver liable for the accident.
Driving safely goes beyond following the rules of the road. Drivers need to maintain their tires and vehicles, ensuring that they are working properly and are safe to travel on the road.
Source: Ntsb.gov, “Drivers: Manage Tire Risks for a Safer Ride,” Accessed Feb. 2, 2016