Authorities have said that a tire blowout likely caused a double-decker
Megabus to crash into an overpass in Litchfield, Illinois, on August 2,
2012. One person was killed and more than 30 other people were injured,
but that accident was one of many around the country that have been caused
throughout the country this summer during record heat. Some experts have
also attributed the unseasonably warm winter weather as playing a role
in the spate of tire blowouts occurring throughout the United States.
The above video provides some valuable advice for how motorists can try
to control their vehicles in the event of a tire blowout. One of the best
ways people can reduce the risk of tire blowouts is to make sure that
their tires are maintained properly. While we are not able to control
the high temperatures that cause pavement on highways to exceed 150 degrees,
motorists can help get better performance from their tires by doing two things:
Buy a good tire gauge — These are available in many auto parts stores, and Consumer Reports
also recommends buying a portable compressor that works off of your car’s
Check the inflation pressure every month — Consumer Reports says tires typically lose up to 1 pound per square
inch (psi) every month, and the pressure also drops about 1 psi for every
10-degree drop in temperature. You should inflate tires to the recommended
setting outlined on the tire information placard, usually found in the
vehicle owners’ manual or on the driver’s door jamb.
Underinflated tires generate more heat and also wear out faster. Owners
of commercial vehicles like buses and tractor trailers are required to
maintain their vehicles properly, and these companies can be held liable
for damages if failure to maintain caused an accident.
You can learn more about
trucking accidents on our website, and our firm may be able to help if you or a loved one
has sustained serious injuries in an accident caused by a tire blowout.
Use the form on this page or contact our firm at (513) 494-6941 to schedule
a free consultation.