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Can you survive a tire blowout?

Unfortunately, our Illinois roads are clogged with inexperienced drivers, drunk drivers and distracted drivers. When automotive defects are added into the equation, however, even the most cautious drivers can lose control and cause a devastating accident. This deadly combination can make even the most well-maintained highways and city streets dangerous. One of the most frightening types of vehicle defects is the tire blowout.

The term “blowout” is used to describe numerous situations that involve a bursting tire and the rapid loss of air pressure. The obvious conclusion is that the tire was over-inflated and the internal pressure exploited a weak spot in the manufactured element. Blowouts, however, can be caused by anything that allows air to escape and generally prevents the tire from supporting the weight of the vehicle and its load.

Leaks can be caused by:

  • Puncture
  • Defective valve stem
  • Faulty tire bead
  • Separation of tire and rim

Additionally, road hazards such as potholes can damage tires to the point where they begin leaking air.

What to do in the event of a blowout?

If you are driving a car that experiences a blowout, it is possible to correct the situation. Many drivers will immediately slam on the brakes and aggressively overcorrect their steering to prevent the sudden change in direction of the car. Unfortunately, this can lead to serious vehicle collisions and devastating injuries. As in most crisis situations, it is best to remain calm.

  • Briefly tap the accelerator to maintain speed and momentum.
  • Gently counter steer to keep the vehicle in its lane.
  • Gently brake or simply remove pressure from the accelerator to slow the vehicle.
  • As the vehicle slows, change lanes to a shoulder to prevent interfering with other vehicles on the road.

Unfortunately, these tips only work with a calm, experienced driver behind the wheel. An inexperienced driver, a driver who is under the influence, or a driver who was not paying attention to the road will likely panic and cause catastrophic injuries. Discuss your accident with a personal injury attorney who can evaluate your situation and provide guidance related to the possibility of defective auto parts.