There is often no way of knowing when a tire on a vehicle may suddenly give out. When this happens, a pleasant drive can easily turn into a nightmare. One second you are whistling along with the radio and the next you are trying to control your vehicle to keep from swerving into approaching traffic. Much of what you do in the critical minutes following a blowout can dictate your fate.
Blowouts and Rollover Crashes
Unexpected tire blowouts are the number one cause of deadly rollover crashes. These crashes result in many fatalities every year and are often caused when a driver overcompensates following a loss of control in the vehicle such as after a tire explodes. When drivers quickly turn the steering wheel – which is often an instinctual response – the vehicle can tip and then roll.
To avoid such accidents, or any other kind of crash, follow these steps:
- Stay calm and breathe.
- Hold on to the steering wheel and keep it straight. Never make any sharp movements.
- Ride out the blowout. Never slam on the brakes. Instead, wait for the car to slow down on its own.
- Turn on your hazard lights and look for a safe place to stop. Check to make sure the path is clear and slowly move off the road.
If you have been injured in an automobile accident caused by another party’s negligence, then you may have the right to recover compensation for your losses. Contact the Green Bay car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874 to speak with an attorney about your legal rights and options.