Tires are one of the most critical parts of a car, and a defect can have disastrous consequences to a vehicle’s occupants and anyone in its vicinity. New Hampshire drivers, passengers, and bystanders who experience injuries because of a tire blowout or other defect may have a claim for damages against multiple parties.
Defective tires are hazardous because of the inherent role tires play in balancing a vehicle’s weight and ensuring proper braking. Further, motorists rely on tires to maneuver the vehicle while traveling at high speeds and avoiding obstacles. Defective tires can cause a motorist to lost control of the car and cause an accident.
The most dangerous and common type of tire defect is tread separation. Tread separation occurs when the tread experiences delamination from the tire. This can occur in cases where the tread is defective, to begin with, or if it has been retreaded using inferior materials. This tread separation can cause vehicles to skid or even cause a tire to blow out. Blowouts occur when a tire explodes while the vehicle is in motion. This is often the result of the rubber losing its connection to the steel belting and reinforcement. However, blowouts may occur if a vehicle owner overpacks a car with too much cargo. The sudden loss can result in the tire rupturing.