When you’re driving on your way to Ponce Inlet, the Halifax Art Festival, or another Daytona Beach attraction, you’re probably not thinking about the pressure in your tires. However, knowing how much air is in your wheels could actually save your life.
According to a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), those who ride on tires that are underinflated are three times more likely to get into crashes related to tire problems than those who are riding on properly-inflated tires. Additionally, tires that are underinflated by more than 25 percent are prone to overheating, and this can negatively impact the way the car handles and even lead to tire failure.
The Health of Your Tires Can Affect Yours
Those who travel on bad tires put their lives at risk. Here are important facts about underinflated tires:
- Passenger cars are most affected. The same NHTSA report found that five percent of all vehicles studied experienced tire problems prior to a crash. Of these vehicles, 66 percent were passenger cars, 17 percent were SUVs, and the rest were passenger vans and trucks.
- Underinflated tires cause SUV rollover accidents. SUVs are known for being involved in rollover accidents, and tire problems could be a major reason why. The study showed that 45 percent of SUVs that were involved in a rollover experienced tire problems before the crash.
Laziness Can Cause Accidents
Driving on tires that are underinflated is considered negligent. If you’ve been involved in an accident with a car that had underinflated tires, you may have to pay for the medical treatment for injuries caused by a negligent driver.
The attorneys of Johnson and Gilbert feel you shouldn’t be held accountable for someone else’s negligence. Contact us at 800.556.8890 to learn how we may be able to get you the compensation you need to help cover your medical expenses, vehicle repair, and other costs related to your accident.