The Legal Consequences That May Be Involved with Flat Tires
At some point or another, most drivers will have a flat tire. It may be caused by a tire puncture from driving over a sharp object, such as a nail, broken glass, or piece of construction debris; the result of normal wear and tear; a leaky valve stem; or something else. Whatever the cause, flats often seem to happen at the worst possible time and in the worst place. If you're in traffic, you can't just stop in the middle of the road, but driving on a flat tire can ruin your rim. Then you'll not only have the expense of a new tire, but you'll also be shelling out hundreds more if you have to replace the rim. It's usually okay to go a few yards to get to a safe place, but driving more than about 100 yards almost certainly means you'll damage the rim. And if the vehicle has all-wheel drive, it could be damaged as well, which means even more expensive repairs.
If There Are Injuries
A flat tire can result in an accident, and people can be injured in accidents. A driver whose vehicle has a tire blowout is often held accountable for any damages caused because drivers are responsible for keeping their vehicles in good driving condition.
- Medical care
- Hospital bills
- Cost of medications and medical supplies
- Physical therapy (if required) or other treatments
- Lost income and lost earning potential
- Pain and suffering
Prevention Is Always the Best Practice
Practicing good safety habits and preventing an accident is always the best practice. To help prevent a flat tire, always check for good tread when purchasing tires, avoid driving near construction zones, check tires regularly for signs of wear, and keep tires properly inflated.