Summer Heat and Tire Blowout Dangers

As personal injury lawyers, we always look to find any situation where negligence may exist. After all, when someone else causes your injuries, you deserve the right to pursue compensation for the damages you experience. However, we also know that events occur because of natural dangers.

One potential danger on the road that you may be unaware of is high heat levels. While it may not always reach extreme temperatures in Denver, there are instances, when drivers in our area may be less experienced in these situations.

Unfortunately, high heat levels can cause your tire to blow out because the temperatures can expand the pressure within your tires. When a tire does blow out, it can cause you to lose control and crash into other vehicles around you. While this is a natural cause of a severe crash, there are some situations where negligence may be a problem.

Failure to Maintain

It’s a vehicle owner’s responsibility to maintain every aspect of their vehicle, including their tires. This means checking tire pressure regularly and tire tread. If tire pressure is too high, the heat can expand it rapidly and cause tread separation. Low tire tread can also make the tire more susceptible to a blowout as the friction between the tire and hot cement can put a lot of pressure on the tire.

Inability to Maintain Control of a Vehicle

Drivers must recognize how to operate their vehicles carefully in the event of an emergency. One of the biggest reasons that a driver loses control of their vehicle in a tire blowout is because they panic. Here are some helpful tips to keep you safe in the event high heat causes a tire blowout:

  • Maintain a firm grip on your steering wheel and avoid turning as much as possible.
  • Don’t slam on your brakes. Instead, just take your foot off the gas.
  • Turn on your emergency flashers to let others know you’ve experienced a problem.
  • Safely and slowly get to the side of the road and away from traffic.

At Springer & Steinberg, P.C., we know you can encounter a vehicle problem without negligence occurring. However, if someone else experiences the problem, loses control of their vehicle, and crashes into you, it’s essential to recognize if they are negligent. Our Denver car accident lawyers can help you understand your rights.


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