The Hazards of Driving with Old Tires

Many factors can cause tire failure, including over-inflation, under-inflation, excessive weight or structural defects. One of the most common causes is tire aging.

Aging tires are dangerous because the structural integrity of a tire diminishes over time. When the structure degrades, it creates a stronger likelihood of catastrophic tire failure. Oftentimes, tire failure only results in property damage. Tire failure can also result in serious injury or death. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are more than 400 deaths from tire-related vehicle crashes each year.

In Florida, frequent tire inspections are crucial to safe driving. This is because tires degrade at a faster rate in warmer climates. If tires have strong tread but are rarely used, they can pose a grave danger due to internal aging damage.

The NHTSA recommends that vehicle owners have their tires professionally checked at regular intervals. This means after the first five years of use and then every year after that. You can determine the age of your tires by checking the identification number of the tire’s wall. The identification number begins with “DOT” and ends with four digits representing the week and year of manufacture. For example, 0413 means the fourth week of the year 2013.

If a tire-related accident injured you, a number of parties can be liable for your damages. For example, the tire manufacturer, tire seller, auto manufacturer or repair shop. You may also have a strong case against the other drivers involved in the crash.

A knowledgeable Florida auto accident lawyer can review the facts of your case and determine who may be responsible. At the Law Office of Paul B. Genet, P.A., our team understands the difficulty associated with an injury. We’ll fight hard to get you compensation.

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