Under-inflated tires, inadequate pressure and other kinds of tire defects are a major cause of car accidents in the United States every year. A tire check event that was conducted in the United Kingdom recently found that more than half of the tires had the wrong tire pressure.
The tire check event was conducted in Leeds, and involved a total of 82 cars. The organizers found that as many as 55% of the cars had the wrong tire pressure. The correct pressure was found on just about 12% of the vehicles.
As many as one third of the vehicles were under inflated by between 4 PSI and 7 PSI. This is a level that car accident lawyers find acceptable if the car is being used for just a short period of time. However, in the case of 47% of the vehicles in the tire check, the pressure was at dangerous levels. In fact, in 6 percent of the cases, the tire pressure was at levels that were considered to be very dangerous. In 2% of the cases, all 4 tires on the car were overinflated.
The organizers believe that if all of these vehicles have been driven at the optimum tire pressure, then the car’s occupants would have been much safer.
Both under inflation and overinflation can increase a motorist’s risk of being involved in a car accident. Other forms of tire problems include tire tread separation. In fact, the tires are the only part of your vehicle that is in constant contact with the ground. Through all the miles of driving that you do, it is the tires that see maximum amount of pressure, and therefore, experience the greatest amount of wear and tear. Therefore, any defect or problem with the tires can immediately increase a person’s risk of being involved in an accident, especially the most dangerous kinds of accidents like rollover accidents resulting from tire blowouts.
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