Can a Driver Be Liable for a Crash Caused by a Tire Blowout?

flat tire up closeTire blowouts are always unexpected, but if this hazard occurs on a highway in busy traffic, it can be a terrifying experience. If the driver loses control of the vehicle, it could quickly lead to a crash and cause injuries to others sharing the road. If your car gets hit by a driver who had a blowout, is that person liable or will you have to cover your own damages?

At Roden Law, we have been managing cases for injured crash victims for decades. One thing we can tell you is that determining liability for any crash is rarely straightforward. There are always contributing factors that investigators will need to examine before they can say who may be liable. The same is true for an accident caused by a blown out tire.

This article talks about the common causes of tire blowouts and who may be liable for your damages in this situation. Need legal help to determine if you are eligible to seek compensation for your damages? Contact our law firm to speak to one of our experienced car crash attorneys in Savannah. There is no cost for this initial consultation.

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What Causes Tire Blowout Crashes?

Before looking at who may be liable, we want to talk about things that often cause tire blowouts. Some of the most common causes may include:

  • Driving on worn-out tires
  • Tires that are either under or over inflated
  • Defective tires
  • Road hazards, like a huge pothole or object in the road
  • A vehicle that has been overloaded with heavy cargo

Determining Liability: Who Can Be Held Responsible?

Determining liability for a tire blowout crash can be complex. Like any traffic accident, investigators and first responders will thoroughly examine the tires and other available evidence.

Multiple parties may be assessed with liability for a tire blowout crash, including:

The Driver With the Blown-Out Tire

Often, drivers operating the vehicles that have a blowout may bear partial or full responsibility if a crash occurs. For instance, drivers who fail to properly maintain their tires. Drivers owe a legal duty of care to maintain their vehicles, which includes replacing, servicing or repairing tires as needed.

Tire blowouts may occur if they are too worn. Tires are also more susceptible to a blowout if they are either over inflated or underinflated. Drivers should ensure tires are filled to the pressure recommended by the manufacturer. Failing to do either of these things could make a driver liable if it leads to a blowout and causes a crash.

Vehicle Owners

If the vehicle involved in the crash is owned by someone other than the driver, such as a rental company or employer, the owner may also be held liable for the accident. Vehicle owners have a duty to ensure that the vehicles they provide are properly maintained and safe to operate. If vehicle owners fail to maintain the tires or provide a vehicle with known defects, they may be held accountable for any resulting accidents.

Tire Manufacturers

In cases where a tire blowout is caused by a defect in the tire itself, the manufacturer of the tire may be held liable for the resulting accident. Tire manufacturers have a duty to produce safe and defect-free products. If a tire is found to have a manufacturing defect or design flaw that contributed to the blowout, the manufacturer may be held partially or fully liable.

Tire Retailers and Installers

Tire retailers and installers may also be held liable for a tire blowout crash if they knowingly sold or installed a defective or unsafe tire.

Government Entities

In some cases, poorly maintained roads or hazardous road conditions may contribute to tire blowout crashes. If a government entity responsible for road maintenance failed to address known hazards or maintain safe road conditions, they may be held liable for accidents caused by tire blowouts.

What Evidence Could Help To Prove Liability for a Tire Blowout Crash?

Proving liability in a tire blowout crash requires gathering evidence to support your claim. This may include:

  • Maintenance Records: Documentation of tire maintenance, including inspections, rotations and replacements can help establish whether a driver properly maintained the vehicle’s tires.
  • Photographs: Photos of the accident scene, including tire damage and road conditions can provide valuable evidence.
  • Expert Testimony: Expert opinions from tire specialists, accident reconstructionists, or mechanical engineers can provide insight into the cause of the tire blowout and who may be liable.
  • Witness Statements: Eyewitness accounts of the accident and statements from passengers or other drivers involved may not know the reason of the tire blowout, but they can corroborate your version of events.

Why Seek Legal Help After a Crash Caused by a Tire Blowout?

If you have been involved in a tire blowout crash, seeking legal guidance from an experienced car accident attorney is essential. A skilled attorney can assess the circumstances of your accident, gather evidence to support your claim, and advocate on your behalf to pursue the compensation you deserve.

Our team of dedicated car accident attorneys in Savannah is ready to help. We have years of experience representing clients injured in car crashes throughout the state, including those caused by tire blowouts.

At Roden Law, we have the knowledge and resources to navigate complex liability issues and fight for your rights. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your case. Learn what legal options may be available to you and how we can help. There are no upfront costs to pay if we represent you. We only get paid if you do.