You’ve likely heard of tire blowouts and been warned to take care of your tires to avoid one. But what exactly is a tire blowout, and how can it cause an accident?

If you’ve suffered injuries and property damage from a tire blowout accident, don’t wait to seek help from a qualified personal injury attorney. A lawyer can investigate your case to determine how best to proceed with a claim for compensation.

What Causes Tire Blowouts?

First, it’s helpful to understand that tire blowouts can happen to any tire on a car or truck

Tires can blow out for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Wear and Tear: Driving on old tires with worn-out rubber can easily cause a blowout on the road 
  • Punctures: Sometimes small items on the street, like nails, can create punctures on tires, causing air to slowly release, causing a blowout
  • Low Tire Pressure: When a tire does not have enough air, the side walls flex more, causing heat to build up, which could result in a blowout
  • Damage: Contact with road hazards, including large holes, can cause a blowout, especially if a tire is already old, defective, or underinflated 

Vehicle owners can potentially avoid tire blowouts by paying close attention to their tires and getting them checked out or replaced when needed. Still, some tire blowouts happen as a result of defects that car owners may be entirely unaware of.

What To Expect During a Tire Blowout

Tire blowouts can be particularly scary not only for the driver experiencing it but for the other drivers around the vehicle.

When you experience a tire blowout, you’ll usually hear a loud pop. The car will suddenly begin to slow because the tire is blown and cannot continue moving forward as it was. 

The car may also pull toward the left or right, depending on which tire blew out. A blowout on either of the front tires typically causes drivers to lose control of their vehicle, as the front tires pertain to steering.

Tire Blowouts Often Result in Accidents

Collisions are likely to occur during a tire blowout. This is especially true when tire blowouts happen in busy, high-traffic areas.

Two things contribute most to tire blowout accidents: the scare and the loss of control.

Tire blowouts usually happen when a person least expects it. Therefore, the sudden loud noise of the tire during a blowout is enough to frighten the driver and cause them to lose control of the vehicle.

Additionally, some tire blowouts make it much more difficult to steer and maintain control of the car, which may lead to collisions with surrounding vehicles. 

A tire blowout can cause an accident with a single vehicle but may also result in a multi-car collision. 

Who’s Liable For a Tire Blowout Accident in Louisiana?

Liability for tire blowouts depends on the cause of the blowout.

The vehicle’s mechanic could be at fault if they failed to notice an issue with a tire. If a defect caused the blowout, the tire manufacturer could be liable. 

Additionally, if you suffer injuries and losses in an accident caused by another driver’s blowout, the driver themselves could be at fault if they failed to take proper care of their vehicle.

How Can a Louisiana Personal Injury Lawyer Help After a Tire Blowout Accident?

A collision caused by a tire blowout can be complicated and requires some investigation into the cause of the blowout. A car accident lawyer can determine how the blowout occurred and who could be liable. Then, they’ll fight aggressively for your right to fair compensation.

After a motor vehicle accident, do not hesitate to discuss your situation with an experienced personal injury attorney

Contact the Louisiana Car Accident Law Firm Of Kenny Habetz Injury Law for Help Today

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, please call Kenny Habetz Injury Law for a free case evaluation with a Louisiana car accident lawyer or contact us online. We have offices in Lafayette and Crowley, LA.

Kenny Habetz Injury Law – Lafayette
110 E Kaliste Saloom Rd Ste 101 Lafayette, LA 70508
(337) 399-9000

Kenny Habetz Injury Law – Crowley
604 S Parkerson Ave. Crowley, LA 70526
(337) 329-8883