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Posted on August 14th, 2012,
by Zane Cagle

St. Louis Man Killed, Several Injured in Blowout Near Canton, South Dakota

Posted on August 14th, 2012 by Zane Cagle

After the news of Sunday’s auto accident due to a tire blowout that involved six young men, I am again reviewing the high number of tire blowout accidents that have recently resulted in serious injuries and fatalities.  My last blog was about a number of tire blowouts that have occurred in the Fenton, MO area as well as the bus crash on I-55 in Litchfield. Also, in Arkansas and Florida, two tire blowouts resulted in several deaths and several serious injuries. All of these accidents happened just like Sunday’s accident on I-29 occurred.  According to officials and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a St. Louis man was killed Sunday when the 2005 Ford Excursion he was a passenger in experienced a tire blowout about two miles north of Canton, South Dakota.

The 25 yr old man was thrown from the vehicle. As well, two other passengers, ages 22 and 25, were seriously injured in the accident. According to officials, the other three men, ages 29 and 30 were classified as uninjured as well as the 23 yr-old driver from Oakview, Missouri.

Like other accidents that I have talked about, this blowout occurred on an interstate. All six men were employed by a Platte City, Missouri, company and were traveling to Sioux Falls to work.

These recent tragedies have ruined lives and taken lives.  What can I do? What can you do?  Obviously, given the chance, I can assist some of these people by communicating with them and providing information so they can make informed decisions when dealing with insurance companies.  What can you and I do together?

We can have our tires checked routinely for air pressure and wear and tear.  Also, we can educate ourselves on what to do in the event of a tire blowout on the highway.  The National Safety Council provides the following tips for coping with tire trouble:

  • At the first sign of trouble, grip the steering wheel firmly
  • Don’t slam on the brakes
  • Let the car slow down gradually by taking your foot off of the gas pedal
  • Work your vehicle toward the breakdown lane or, if possible, toward an exit
  • If it is necessary to change lanes, signal your intentions to drivers behind and do so smoothly and carefully, watching  your mirrors and the traffic around you very closely
  • Steer as your vehicle slows down. It is better to rolls the car off the roadway (when you have slowed to 30 mph) and into a safe place than it is to stop in traffic and risk a rear-end or side collision from other vehicles
  • When all four wheels are off of the pavement – brake lightly and cautiously until you stop
  • Turn your emergency flashers on
  • It’s important to have the car well off the pavement and a ways from traffic before stopping, even if it the vehicle is proceeding with the tire flapping.  Don’t worry about damaging the tire as it is probably ruined anyway
  • Once off the road, put out reflectorized triangles behind your car to alert other drivers. Keep your emergency flashers ON
  • If you know how to change a tire and can do so safely without being near traffic, then do so normally
  • Call 911 to alert them to the tire blowout so that emergency personnel can respond and produce more safety alerts and slow traffic down
  • Raise your hood and tie something white to the radio antenna or hang it out a window so police officers or two truck operators will know you need help
  • Don’t stand behind your vehicle.  If possible, stand away from the vehicle and wait for help

We have several clients who were injured or killed because they were standing near on still in their stranded car.  In some situations, they were pedestrians that were hit by other vehicles or they were in the car that was rear-ended.

Obviously, in these recent tire blowout auto accidents, the cars were traveling at a higher speed  since they all occurred on interstates.  Having a blowout at 25 mph vs. 60-80 mph in heavy traffic are two different scenarios.

The death and serious injuries of the young men in Sunday’s accident are certainly still just trying to grasp the reality of what happened. They left their families to go to work and none of their lives or their families will ever be the same.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident due to a tire blowout, you should call an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss all of your options.  The tire needs to be investigated to determine if it is a faulty tire and if safety checks had been conducted on a regular basis.  Tire blowouts due not always result in serious injuries or fatalities, but when they do and families have to think about the coming months and years……………..it is always better to have more information in order to make the best decisions. Call Zane T. Cagle (314) 276-1681 for a free consultation and information on what you should do following a serious auto accident.