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    Tire Blowout Accidents

    As car accident attorneys in Chicago, we pay close attention to what is happening on our streets and highways, and sadly, the picture is often grim. This is especially true when it comes to accidents caused by tire blowouts on both cars and trucks.

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that tire blowouts cause more than 78,000 accidents and 400 deaths each year. The deaths are about evenly divided between automobile and truck accidents.

    Causes of tire blowouts

    The most common causes include the following:

    • Potholes
    • A cut in the tire that causes rapid air loss
    • A small hole that allows air to escape slowly until the tire pressure fails
    • Overloading a vehicle to the point that a tire gives way

    The bottom line is that anything that severely diminishes the air pressure and prevents the tire from supporting the weight of the vehicle will likely cause a blowout that could lead to an accident.

    As car accident attorneys in Chicago, we know that maintaining your vehicle’s tires is essential in reducing the chances for a potentially deadly blowout. Periodically you should take your vehicle to a reputable tire dealer for inspection and rotation. And you should check frequently to make sure your tires are properly inflated.

    What to do in case of a blowout

    Here are some tips to help you survive a blowout.

    • Continue your rate of speed immediately after the blowout, rather than slamming on the brakes, to preserve your car’s momentum as you are going to lose a lot of traction.
    • Gently counter-steer to offset pulling by the blown tire. This should decrease the chances of drifting into another lane and having a head-on collision.
    • Once the car stabilizes, slow down and carefully pull over to the side of the road and collect yourself.

    We also urge you to always follow safe driving habits, staying within the speed limit and keeping a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. These things should help you successfully navigate a blown tire and avoid an accident.

    Despite all efforts to prevent them, blowouts will occur. If you’ve been involved in an accident caused by a blowout, email or call us at 1-877-365-0040 for your free consultation with an experienced Chicago car accident attorney. We know how the insurance companies work, and we want to help you in your time of need.