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Posted on August 8th, 2012,
by Zane Cagle

Tire Blowout on Interstate 44 Seriously Injures Rolla Man

Posted on August 8th, 2012 by Zane Cagle

Tire Blowout on Interstate 44 Seriously Injures Rolla ManAs I scanned the news, I see that yet ANOTHER tire blowout accident resulted in serious injuries last week. A 21-yr old man was driving a 2001 Ford Ranger westbound on I-44 when his rear tire blew out.  According to sources and the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the vehicle overturned into the median on Interstate 44 and then went into the eastbound lanes of I-44 and landed on its wheels blocking both westbound and eastbound I-44. The 21-yr old man was transported by air to Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur.

As I have stated in my recent blogs, this is yet another serious accident caused by a tire blowout on a busy interstate.  In the last month alone, I have talked about at least fire tire blowout accidents that resulted in serious injuries and fatalities.  Just last week, the Megabus accident on I-55 caught everyone’s attention as many were injured and a young woman was killed when a tire blew out on busy Interstate55  and the bus then crashed into a concrete support pillar.

If you are concerned about your tires in light of the recent serious accidents, I would encourage you to check your tires and follow some recommendations from a state police officer in his article “Vehicle Tire Blowouts: Avoiding Deadly Consequences”

According to Capt Travis Yates, “It is nearly impossible to train for the occurrence and the actions of the driver immediately following the event could be the difference between a severe wreck and simply changing a tire”.  He further stated that Michelin reports approximately 535 fatalities and 23,000 collisions per year due to blowoutsWow, this sounds like a huge number!…..  According to Capt Yates, the best safety recommendation is prevention.  He encourages the following:

  • Make sure your tires are properly inflated
  • Monitor the wear
  • Routine inspection of the tires

Even when a vehicle owner has taken preventative steps to reduce a tire blowout, it can still occur due to the following factors:

  • Puncture – most commonly happens when hitting a curb, low tire pressure, normal wear, and tear on the tire and when the tire is defective.

What do I do in the instance of a tire blowout?

Our normal reaction is to jerk the vehicle to try to right the automobile when the tire blows out. When a tire blows out, the vehicle has a tendency to pull to the side of the vehicle where the tire is flat.  The steering wheel should be held straight and firm.

If a driver jerks the wheel and applies the brakes, they are actually creating a condition where they have less control. But isn’t that our natural instinct?

The first indication of a blow out is a booming sound throughout the vehicle. The loud sound alone can be startling to many and cause them to brake.  Being alert and attentive is always the best prevention in any type of driving situation and as experts say, it is nearly impossible for the regular vehicle operator to practice defensive driving.  According to Capt. Yates, the proper action is to “slightly accelerate as that will keep the momentum constant and will compensate for the pulling vehicle towards the flat tire”

Safety columnist and police officer Yates writes a safety column for police officers who are highly trained drivers.  As a regular motorist, the first step is prevention and awareness.

The point of me writing about tire blowouts in my blog is an attempt to make the public aware of the true dangers of tire blowouts.  Checking for wear and tear on your tires frequently is extremely important and as well as routine checks of your tires every time you have the oil changed or another car service.

When I read the tragic stories, I always wonder about the condition of the tire and in some instances, the tire may not show any wear and tear and may be defective.  When a tire is defective, the manufacturer is liable for damages and personal injuries.  Replacing the costs of the tire or vehicle is easy, but when someone is killed or sustains a life-changing injury…….it becomes complicated.

I have not been involved in any of the recent tire blow investigations.  If it were my tire or my loved one….there would be an investigation.  When we represent victims of these types of accidents, securing the damaged tire is critical.  If you or a loved one has been in such an accident, talking with a personal injury attorney right away is important. Whether the tire is faulty or not, you should not have to try to take investigative matters into your own hands.  Determining whether you have an eventual case is not on the first list of worries immediately after a crash but may become an issue in the months to come.

Gaining information is just being a good consumer.  Calling an experienced St. Louis personal injury for a free consultation is smart in order to weigh all of your options. Focusing on recovery and adjustments in your and your family’s lives should be your priority…..letting professionals assist you is the reason you go to the doctor and why you consult an attorney.  If you have been injured, call our attorneys are available seven days a week and can be reached at 1(314) 276-1681