Helping Those Injured In Accidents Caused By Tire Defects
Highway travel is an uneventful part of daily life for many Americans, so we may fail to appreciate the machinery that gets us around. The only part of a several-ton vehicle to touch the road while it is traveling at freeway speed is the tires. Poor product design, carelessness in manufacturing and poor maintenance can all play a part in tire failures, leading to blowout accidents, delaminating and detreading.
Drivers can decrease the risk by staying up to date on basic tire maintenance, including maintaining air pressure, having tires rotated, aligned and balanced, and replacing any tires with worn-out treads. However, there is far less that a consumer can do to prevent a tire manufacturer’s dangerous defect. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident on Long Island or in New York, the lawyers at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye, PLLC, can help.
Leading Causes Of Tire Failure
The most common tire defects are related to their construction. Tires are built in layers that include rubber and steel that are fused together in a vulcanization process using high heat and pressure.
Places where the manufacturing process can fail include:
- Poor workmanship
- Contaminants or moisture in the plant during construction, which can interfere with adhesion between the layers
- Improper curing
- Using the wrong amount of solvents during manufacture, which can impair adhesion
- Bad or unsafe design
There is, unfortunately, nothing a consumer can do to prevent a tire’s manufacturing defect, but the effects of a defect are exacerbated by underinflation or overinflation and inadequate maintenance. Drivers should keep tires inflated to the proper specified pressure, have them rotated, check for adequate tread and look for signs of wear.
If You’ve Had A Tire Defect Accident, Call Edelman, Krasin & Jaye, PLLC
Since 1952, we have devoted our practice to protecting the rights of the injured throughout Nassau County, Suffolk County and the five boroughs of New York City.