If you drive every day and go long distances in your car, you will likely experience a tire blowout at some point. Tires can give way at any moment. Unfortunately, blowouts tend to happen at the worst possible place – the highway. The swift speed drivers must keep on the highway can prove to be too much for tires that were already showing signs of wear and tear.
But despite the fact that the blowout will likely take you by surprise, you must still be prepared to deal with the situation in a safe and calm manner.
Steps to Take when a Tire Fails
If you start to hear an odd noise and your car begins to shake, you might be seconds away from a blowout. When this starts to happen, take the following steps:
- Hold your steering wheel straight. Sharp turns during a blowout are the number one cause of deadly rollover accidents. Veering off to the side of the road is a natural reaction, but should be avoided when possible.
- Stay calm. Breathe in and out and do not scream or let go of the steering wheel.
- Take your foot off the accelerator.
- Do not slam on the brakes. Slamming on the brakes can cause you to lose complete control of your car.
- Slowly move off of the road.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by faulty tire design or manufacturing, contact the Racine car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874 to learn more about your legal options.