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Hot Texas Summers Lead to Deadly Tire Failures

Posted on behalf of Stephens, Anderson & Cummings on Jul 17, 2013 in Auto Accidents

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The summer heat can make asphalt temperatures soar to over 150 degrees Fahrenheit. As the temperature rises, so does the possibility of tire problems due to the heat. The heat of the road at highway speeds leads tires to break down faster, causing blowouts or other accidents.

Our Fort Worth personal injury attorneys know that thousands of accidents happen every year in the United States due to tire failure. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that over 11,000 accidents each year can be attributed to tire failure, with more blowouts happening in the hot summer months.

The NHTSA advises drivers to be watchful of the condition of their tires before the full heat of the summer hits. Balding tires or underinflated tires increase the chances of blowouts, or could affect a vehicles ability to handle well on the road.  Tires which have worn treads could increase the time it takes a vehicle to stop, increasing the potential for collisions. Drivers should visually inspect their tires often for signs of wear or breakdown.

The NHTSA recommends that drivers carefully follow the tire manufacturers instructions on the appropriate air pressure in the tire, and replace worn tires as needed. The recommended level of inflation can be found by checking the vehicle manual or the inside edge of your car door. Some vehicles have a tire pressure monitoring system, which will alert a driver if tire pressure is low. Always take warnings about the condition of your tires seriously, driving on unsafe tires can endanger everyone on the road.

By following the NHTSA's tips, you can help make sure that your vehicle makes it through the summer driving season safely.

If you have been injured in a car accident, contact Stephens, Anderson & Cummings today. Call 877-920-9009 or fill out our case evaluation form to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Fort Worth auto accident attorneys.