Reporting a car accident protip: Capture evidence of bad tires as a possible contributing factor in a car accident with your smartphone camera.
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Reference: CA Vehicle Code
If you have been involved in an automobile accident, make sure you are safely away from danger first, then exchange information with the other driver and don’t forget to use your smartphone to your advantage. Video record or take a well lit photo of the tire tread of the other vehicle that was involved in the accident if you notice it has badly deteriorated or has balding tires. It is every driver’s responsibility to operate a car with roadworthy tires.
The following conditions can cause a vehicle tire blowout, which depending on road or traffic conditions, can lead to a car accident involving personal injury:
Tire aging – Aging tires will cause the rubber compounds to degrade over time and soon you will be driving with unsafe tires.
Exposure to the elements – Heat can cause a tire to blowout quicker and a coastal climate like Southern California is harsher on tires than an inland climate.
Tire Upkeep – Carry a tire pressure gauge to ensure correctly inflated tires. Follow your vehicle’s recommended service schedule, which includes rotating your tires. Maintenance will extend tire life but conversely, poor upkeep will speed up the decline of your vehicle’s tire life.
Tire Usage – Heavy use and speed will naturally put much more wear on the tire treads and will start to breakdown the rubber. Even if your vehicle is rarely driven or parked in a driveway for an extended time, such tires can still blowout from wear and cause you to be involved in a traffic collision. Tires can degrade from just being exposed to the elements or with the weight of your entire vehicle on only one portion of the tires for a long time.
Tire Manufacturer defects – When you are breaking in your new tires, remember that even unused tires could have been manufactured with defects or released for sale with an oversight in quality control. To be sure, search the internet for manufacturing defects or design flaws related to your tire brand/model or verify through NHTSA.
Every year, automotive tires have been a cause for serious and even fatal car accidents in California – as worn out tires with dangerous treads will increase the likelihood of an accident or fender bender. A car with poor tire traction will not have the grip it needs to stop and slow properly, and the pressurized jolt or intense heat on the rubber caused by skidding over asphalt can cause the tire to blowout entirely. Balding tire treads causes a loss of traction and may in turn reduce the vehicle’s ability to stop or evade another vehicle safely. Furthermore, depending on the weather, a tire with poor traction can also be the cause of loss of control, resulting in skidding out and hydroplaning. Have your mechanic or dealership service advisor inspect for cracks in the rubber from a raised position where the tire can be freely rotated. Do your part to avoid roadside injuries due to a tire blowout; check your tires with a tire pressure gauge and make it a habit to walk around your vehicle performing a visual inspection of your tires regularly to avoid tire related car accidents.