Anyone can be involved in an auto accident. According to recent statistics, about 5 percent of the licensed population in South Carolina was in an auto accident in 2015, and other statistics show that 95 percent of accidents are preventable and due to human error or negligence. One type of accident that is completely preventable is tire blowout accidents. Here’s what you need to know.
Why They Are Preventable
Keeping your vehicle in good working order is your responsibility as a citizen with a driver’s license. This includes checking your tires for wear or damage on a regular basis. Tire blowouts happen most often when tires are worn or damaged on the side wall of the tire. Not checking your tires or repairing your vehicle is considered negligence in case of an accident.
What Does Negligence Mean?
Negligence is something that must be proven in order for you to collect on a personal injury case. When a driver should have known that their tires needed repair or replacement and they did not do so and a tire blowout happens in which they hit your vehicle, they are considered to have been negligent and caused the auto accident. While most drivers will try to argue that the tire blowout was not in their control, most authorities will still claim that the driver was negligent in not repairing or replacing their tires.
What to Expect
If you have been in an auto accident due to a tire blowout of another driver, you are likely entitled to compensation. The insurance company of the other driver will be responsible for reaching and paying the settlement. You should be entitled to compensation for all of your medical costs associated with the accident, including ongoing medical costs, as well as property damage and lost wages.
If you have been in an auto accident due to someone’s tire blowout and you are finding it difficult to get compensation, we can help. Contact us today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.