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How to Prevent Injuries after a Tire Blowout
According to the National highway Traffic Safety Administration, defective tires cause thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths every year across the United States. When companies produce defective tires, they are putting consumers at serious risk of an accident caused by a tire blowout. As a consumer, it can be impossible to predict when a tire blowout will occur, but you can take precautions and be prepared to respond appropriately.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident that was the result of a tire blowout, you may be able to hold the tire manufacturer responsible for the harm that you have suffered. Contact the Cedar Rapids tire defect lawyers of Leehey Olson Law, P.C., by calling (319) 294-4424 today to learn more about your legal rights and options in this trying time.
Responding to a Tire Blowout
Tire blowouts are especially dangerous because they can cause the vehicle to become unbalanced, increasing the risk of a rollover or other accident. Moreover, they can render a vehicle uncontrollable, interfering with a driver’s ability to respond to the event. The following are some actions which may help you to prevent further disaster:
- Do not panic
- Keep your foot off of the brake
- Do not immediately release the accelerator. Instead, gradually lift your foot from the pedal.
- If your vehicle is swerving, steer into the skid until you regain control
- Attempt to guide your vehicle to the shoulder of the road if possible
Once you are safe and have received medical attention, it is advisable to contact an attorney to determine whether you may be best served by pursuing a civil lawsuit.
Do not let a negligent tire maker avoid accountability for the harm that you have suffered as a consequence of their design and sale of a defective tire. Contact the Cedar Rapids personal injury lawyers of Leehey Olson Law, P.C., at (319) 294-4424 today.