Can Your Tire Fall Off While Driving & Cause An Accident?
Yes, your tire can fall off while driving and cause an accident. The possibility of the driver losing control of the car or rolling over exists. In these situations, severe and costly injuries are possible.
Additionally, the tire can cause injuries that extend beyond the car’s driver and/or passengers alone. After it has fallen off, it can spin out of control at high speed. This is a potential concern for nearby pedestrians and drivers.
What Can Cause a Tire to Fall Off While Driving
Anything that leads to the loosening of a tire could also cause it to fall off while driving. A few common causes include:
- Broken hub
- Loose lug nuts
- Fastening failure
- Axle fracture
In some cases, these causes are due to user error.
An example of this would be a car’s owner changing their own tire and failing to sufficiently tighten and secure the lug nuts. Problems with the design of the tire can also lead to a tire falling off. A problem like this is an example of an error that occurred during the manufacturing process.
It is also possible that a technician or repair shop is to blame for the tire falling off while driving. There are specific requirements regarding which tool to use when putting on a tire and how much tightening is necessary when replacing tires or wheel nuts. So, in addition to a car’s driver or the manufacturer, the blame could involve the:
- Vehicle dealership
- Another driver
This is why you need information to help you determine a course of action.
Your Options for Recovering Compensation if a Tire Fell Off While Driving
If you were operating a vehicle when one of the tires fell off, you may be entitled for compensation for your injuries and other damages. We can help you evaluate the details of the case and determine the next best legal steps. Call one of our personal injury lawyers at Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers at 855-529-0269.
Our legal team will assist you in collecting any damages associated with the accident. Our car accident lawyers will assist you in recovering costs such as medical expenses, lost wages, tire replacement costs, and transportation costs.
Parties That Might Be Responsible for Your Damages
The party responsible for these damages will depend on the details of the accident. If the tire fell off due to user error, it is possible that you can collect compensation under your own no-fault insurance policy. When seeking compensation from your insurance provider, it is not necessary that we determine fault.
However, if another party is at fault, we would need to seek compensation outside of the no-fault insurance policy. Florida’s no-fault insurance coverage offers $10,000 in benefits. When a vehicle rolls over or the driver loses control, it is possible that the medical costs and damages will exceed that amount.
In this case, it is important that we establish negligence. We must determine that the responsible parties’ negligent activities led to the accident and caused damages to occur. Our legal team can assist you with this process.
How We Can Assist You With a Tire Accident
It is important that we understand the specific details of your accident and injury. This will help us determine who is at fault and who is responsible for your damages. The complimentary consultation gives us the chance to get to know you and your case. It is the first step to you finding a solution for your situation.
When a tire falls off while driving and leads to severe injuries, it can be difficult to establish who is at fault. Determining this is an important first step to your case. We will assist you in this process of proving fault by collecting the following important documents:
- Witness statements
- Police report
- Vehicle maintenance reports
- Images from the scene of the accident
- Expert witness statements
If possible, we can also recreate the scene of the accident to determine who is at fault.
Assist You With Filing a Claim
If the tire fell off due to a defect, we will assist you in filing a claim against the manufacturer. It is important to report any potential tire defects to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The NHTSA keeps tracks of all reports and issues a mandatory recall when there are numerous reports for one brand of tire.
It is also possible that there is already a recall on the failed tire and we can assist you in checking the recall list.
Why You Should Consider a Personal Injury Lawyer
A tire that falls off during movement puts every passenger, as well as nearby drivers in danger. It is only right that the party responsible for the tire falling off pay for the damages.
Call one of our personal injury lawyers today at 855-529-0269.