At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we are here to help our clients who have been injured in car accidents. That said, in a perfect world we would be out of business because no one would be hurt. One of the easiest ways we can advise you to improve your vehicle’s safety is by making sure the tires are properly inflated. Read on to learn more and then contact us at 602-340-0030 if you have been injured in an accident and need a consultation with an attorney.
There are Many Disadvantages to Driving On Underinflated Tires
In addition to the fact that underinflated tires are more dangerous than those that have been properly inflated, underinflated tires also wear out more unevenly and more quickly, which leads to the need for them to be replaced sooner than tires that have been properly inflated. They can also waste gas, which costs you money every single time you drive.
You May Be Shocked by How Many People Are in Accidents Caused by Improperly Inflated Tires
According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are an average of around 600 fatal car accidents each year that are the result of improperly inflated tires. Another 33,000 car accidents are caused by the same thing. When you consider that they also estimate that more than 80% of vehicles on the road have at least one tire that is not properly inflated, these figures can be staggering.
If Every Tire Were Properly Inflated Lives Could Be Saved
According to the NHTSA, if every driver in the country checked their tire pressure monthly, lives could be saved. Tires should be inflated to the recommended manufacturer’s pressure range. This is generally printed on the side of the tire but you can also find it by opening the driver’s side door and looking at the panel.
It’s best to check tires when the car has been sitting for a while, as a vehicle that’s been driven can have different pressure. In addition to checking tires monthly, it is also a good idea to check them before leaving on a road trip. Doing so can help make you safer and can reduce the cost of gas as you will get better mileage.
Work with a Personal Injury Attorney Who Can Help You if You Are Involved in a Car Accident
While having properly inflated tires can help you reduce your chances of being involved in a car accident, there is nothing you can do to reduce your chances to zero. If you are involved in an accident, and you believe that someone else was at fault, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 to request a free legal consultation.