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Every time you step into your vehicle and hit the road, you place an immense amount of trust in a set of rubber and steel: your tires. Those four simple yet crucial pieces of rubber are the only things connecting your car to the ground beneath you. Your safety on the road depends on the condition of your tires, and if they are defective, the results can be disastrous. If you or someone you care about suffered an injury or was killed because of a defective tire, a Rizk Law personal injury lawyer can help. Our team is experienced in handling claims involving defective products, and when you partner with us, we will guide you through the legal process step by step, ensuring you understand everything that is happening with your case when it happens.

How Can You Tell if Your Tires Might Be Defective?

Tires are a crucial component of your vehicle, responsible for keeping you and your passengers safe on the road. While most drivers understand the importance of regular maintenance, it is easy to overlook the condition of your tires until it is too late. Defective tires can lead to dangerous accidents, resulting in personal injury and property damage. Here is what you should look out for:

Uneven Tread Wear

One of the most common signs of defective tires is uneven tread wear. This happens when the tire’s tread wears down unevenly across the surface. It can occur due to misalignment issues, improper inflation, or even a suspension problem. Uneven tread wear can compromise your tire’s grip on the road, leading to reduced traction, especially in wet or slippery conditions. To check for this issue, simply run your hand across the tire’s surface. If you feel inconsistencies or notice uneven wear patterns, it’s time to address the problem.

Cracks in the Sidewalls

The sidewalls of your tires play a critical role in maintaining their structural integrity. Cracks in the sidewalls can indicate aging or damage to the tire. These cracks can weaken the tire, making it more susceptible to a blowout, particularly when exposed to extreme temperatures or road hazards. Regularly inspect your tires for any visible cracks, and if you find any, consult a professional for a thorough assessment.

Bulges and Blisters

Bulges or blisters on the tire’s surface are another telltale sign of a defect. These protrusions usually occur due to an internal tire issue, such as a broken belt or damage to the tire’s inner structure. If left unaddressed, bulges and blisters can lead to a blowout, causing a sudden loss of control while driving. When you spot such abnormalities on your tires, replace them immediately.

Low Tread Depth

Tire tread depth is essential for maintaining traction, especially in wet or slippery conditions. As your tires wear down, the tread depth decreases. To check your tire’s tread depth, use a simple tool known as a tread depth gauge or perform the penny test:

  • Insert a penny into one of the tire’s grooves with Lincoln’s head pointing towards the tire.
  • Ensure the penny is perpendicular to the tire, with Lincoln’s head going into the groove.
  • Observe how much of Lincoln’s head is still visible above the tread.

If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head or if the tread doesn’t reach his hairline, your tire’s tread is too worn, consider replacing the tire.

Vibration and Shaking

If you notice vibrations or shaking while driving, it may be a sign of tire defects. This can be caused by issues like an out-of-balance tire, a bent rim, or problems with the tire’s internal construction. These problems can lead to an unsafe driving experience, making it essential to address them promptly. Ignoring these symptoms could result in an accident, leading to personal injury.

Were You Injured in a Car Accident Caused by a Defective Tire? Contact Us Today

Defective tires can pose a significant risk to your safety on the road, potentially leading to personal injury and legal consequences. If you have been involved in an accident due to defective tires, consult with a Rizk Law personal injury lawyer who can help you understand your rights and seek compensation for your injuries.

Schedule a complimentary consultation with a Rizk Law lawyer today by calling (503) 342-0783 or submitting our convenient contact form.

Author: Rizk Law

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