If your answer to this question is “no,” then you’re not alone. The fact is that when most people think about car accidents and the causes thereof, they envision drivers speeding, making unsafe lane changes and tailgating. In reality, however, tire blowouts and other vehicle maintenance issues are routinely cited as the causes of fatal and destructive accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), flat tire blowouts are responsible for over 400 traffic fatalities annually, as well as more than 10,000 injuries in the United States. New Jersey’s often poorly maintained roadways provide even more of an opportunity for blowout-related accidents.
Last year, an NJ appeals court upheld a $5.5-million-dollar verdict against a local car dealership for their negligence in maintaining tire pressure on a vehicle they had serviced and which overturned due to a rear-tire blowout days after leaving the facility. Usually, however, it’s the failure of the driver to exercise proper tire safety that causes the blowout and subsequent accident. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car accident due to a flat-tire blowout, talk to an experienced attorney immediately.
Tire detreading often causes cars to spin out sideways while directly in the flow of traffic. These types of accidents very often occur at high speeds and typically involve more than two cars. Blowouts can be among the most destructive types of car crashes, causing devastating and widespread injury. As a motorist traveling New Jersey’s often turbulent and unpredictable roads, you can’t force other drivers to make sure their vehicles are properly maintained. You can, however, make sure your own vehicle is up to snuff. You can also protect yourself in the event of a motor vehicle accident by contacting a qualified personal injury attorney immediately.
The law firm of Lombardi and Lombardi has won more than $400 million in awards for our personal injury clients. We help those who have been injured in car accidents get the money they deserve. We will also help to arrange flexible payment plans so you can pay for your medical bills and other expenses while your case is pending. Call us today for a free consultation.