Summer Heat Can Contribute to Tire Failure
Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Jun 03, 2016 in Auto Accidents
The Phoenix area is already experiencing excessive heat with record-breaking temperatures expected over the weekend.
AAA Arizona has reminded drivers to check their vehicle's fluids before each trip to avoid the possibility of a breakdown during a hot day. It will also be increasing its fleet this weekend by 20 percent to help anyone who may end up stranded due to mechanical issues.
Heat can lead to a number of vehicle issues, the most dangerous of which is tire failure. What is known as "tire blowout season" runs from May through October. Hot weather can cause the air inside a tire to expand, which can lead to a blowout. Furthermore, heat can accelerate the breakdown of the rubber on tires.
Tire failure caused by worn tires is common duing the summer months, during daylight hours, and when a vehicle is on the highway, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Under-inflation can lead to tire failure as the heat build-up on the road and friction between the road and can make the tire more susceptible to blowout. Unfortunately, it is estimated that more than half the vehicles on the road have at least one under-inflated tire.
Overloading a vehicle can also wear down a tire. It is important for drivers to check how much their vehicle can haul before loading it up.
Another common cause of serious tire wear and tear is potholes. Hitting a pothole or even a steep driveway can cut or fray the internal part of the tire.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 78,000 accidents each year are caused by tire blowouts, and 400 of those crashes are fatal. The car crash lawyers at Phillips Law Group encourage everyone to check their tires as temperatures heat up. It is everyone's responsibility to prevent accidents.
If you or someone you love has been hurt in a tire blowout wreck, contact our firm for a free case review. We can help you examine your legal options and fight for the compensation you deserve.