Warm weather, traveling at high rates of speed and other issues can all contribute to a tire blowing out on an Illinois road or highway. In many cases, a blowout results in a driver losing control of his or her truck, which can lead to a collision. Take a closer look at the causes of tire blowouts and what to do if you’re involved in an accident caused by the driver of an improperly maintained vehicle.
Tires can become brittle with age
It’s not uncommon for the weather in Illinois to shift quickly between warm and cold. This change in air temperature can cause the rubber in a truck’s tires to expand and contract, which may make the tires more susceptible to physical damage. Tires may be more vulnerable to excess wear if they are not rotated on a regular basis or if they are allowed to remain in one spot for several days at a time.
Tires need to be properly inflated
Tires that have too much air in them may be at a higher risk of popping, especially when they are driven at speeds of 65 miles per hour or faster. If a tire is underinflated, it may grip the road too well, which can lead to excess friction. The heat caused by the excess friction could cause a tire to rip with little or no warning.
What to do if you’re a crash victim
If you are the victim of a motor vehicle accident caused by a tire blowout, it’s important that you stay at the scene. While there, be sure to check yourself for injuries, collect evidence and make a statement to police. After being released from the scene, be sure to seek medical treatment and file a claim with your insurance company.
Filing a personal injury claim may allow you to obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages. If settlement talks don’t yield a favorable outcome, it may be possible to take your case to trial.