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Whose fault it is when a tire blowout causes a car crash?

On Behalf of | Apr 1, 2024 | Personal Injury

Car crashes can have many factors, including road conditions, weather conditions and driver behavior such as speeding. When a tire blowout occurs and leads to a car crash, assigning fault for personal injuries can be complex.

Understanding the factors involved can shed light on who may be responsible for such accidents.

Vehicle maintenance and inspection

Regular maintenance checks, including tire inspections, help ensure the safety of a vehicle. If a tire blowout results from poor maintenance or neglect, the responsibility may fall on the vehicle owner.

Manufacturer defects

Sometimes, defects in the manufacturing process can lead to tire failures. In such cases, the fault may lie with the tire manufacturer or the company responsible for the vehicle’s assembly.

Road conditions

Road conditions can play a significant role in tire blowouts. Potholes, debris and uneven road surfaces can all contribute to tire damage and eventual blowouts. If the accident occurs due to hazardous road conditions, the responsibility may lie with the entity responsible for maintaining the road.

Driver behavior

Additionally, the behavior of the driver leading up to the tire blowout can influence fault determination. Factors such as speeding, reckless driving and overloading the vehicle can put extra strain on tires, increasing the likelihood of a blowout. In such cases, the driver may bear partial or full responsibility for the accident.

Proper response to blowouts

How the driver responds to a tire blowout can affect fault determination. Taking appropriate actions, such as maintaining control of the vehicle and safely maneuvering to the side of the road, can minimize the risk of a collision. Failure to respond correctly may contribute to the severity of the accident and impact fault assignment.

Understanding the various factors at play can help insurance companies and legal authorities make informed decisions regarding liability.

Examining these factors can help injured people get the compensation they deserve.