Overloading a worn or threadbare tire can cause a tire to blow out.
Columbia, SC- A tire blowout is frightening at the least, and at highway speeds, such event can lead to a devastating crash. A recent accident involving a South Carolina football team that left four people dead, and serves as an example of the dangers associated with as tire blowout.
The accident occurred in mid-September in North Carolina as a football team from Rock Hill, South Carolina was on their way to a game in Fayetteville. On Sept. 17th, the bus carrying 42 people blew a tire on Highway 74, causing the driver to lose control, according to WSOCTV. The van then hit a guardrail and bridge support which ripped a gash in the side of the bus. Some passengers were thrown from the bus.
The man driving the bus, an eight-year-old boy, and two football players were killed in the crash. Dozens suffered a range of injuries, but many were serious.
The South Carolina State Patrol and the National Transportation Safety Board investigated the accident and concluded that the right front tire of the van blew and sent the van careening out of control.
Family members of the deceased filed a lawsuit against the Sandy River Baptist Church in Chester County which operated the bus. The lawsuit accused the church of negligence but did not specify the settlement amount they were seeking, according to WSOCTV.
A tire blowout can happen at any time, but in many cases can be prevented. A puncture in a tire or worn tread can suddenly fail because of weight, pressure or heat and send a vehicle careening out of control. An underinflated or overinflated tire can fail under the wrong conditions, such as striking a pothole at a fast rate of speed.
Motorists can avoid a tire blowout by maintaining their tires and checking to see if they are inflated properly. Motorists should routinely check their tire tread and replace a tire when it gets bare. The American Automobile Association says you should check your tire pressure at cooler temperatures after you have driven less than a mile. There is a handy booklet from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration if you are confused about tire pressure.
Victims of tire blowouts should speak with an accident lawyer near their Columbia location to see if they are eligible for personal injury compensation. USAttorneys will connect you with a tenacious, educated and committed accident lawyer to work on your case and ensure you are justly compensated for your medical costs and mental anguish. Call one of our accident lawyers today and enlist their expertise. You’ll be glad you got legal assistance when you receive a generous settlement.