Car tyres have a very important job to do on every vehicle on the road today. They should be fit for purpose, properly inflated and able to provide good traction, whatever the weather is doing. This means there should be little chance of anything going wrong in this department, although of course you can never entirely prevent punctures from happening. However, if you are injured by a faulty car tyre, it could mean you are involved in a car accident that could have been prevented.
Anyone who has been involved in a car accident at any point will know how frightening it can be. Sometimes, an accident will not be your fault, but the fault of someone else. If that driver had defective tyres, they could have directly led to the accident happening in the first place.
Defective and dangerous tyres
According to the Department of Transport, over 40% of accidents caused by vehicle defects that led to one or more deaths were caused by the tyres on one or more of the vehicles being defective in some way. This could mean they weren’t inflated properly, or were not fit to be used any more.
This is a startling statistic, and it shows how important it is for car tyres to be checked regularly so we can be sure they are fit for the very important job they have to do – namely to help keep us safe on the roads. It is exceptionally rare for a tyre to be fitted incorrectly, as mechanics have a duty of care to make sure the work they do is of an excellent standard.
What should you do?
Obviously the first and most important thing to do is to get medical attention for any injuries you received during the accident itself. If it is later proven that defective tyres were the cause of the accident, and those tyres were on another vehicle, then you could prove you were indeed injured by a faulty car tyre.
To find out whether this might be the case in your situation, you only need to call one number – 0800 689 0500. This is the free enquiry line operated by Accident Advice Helpline. When you call us, you never need to pay a single penny to do so. Furthermore, one of our professional lawyers could agree you have a case that could lead to compensation being paid.
Date Published: June 19, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead