tread wear | car accident injury

As the tricky winter weather season approaches, Bucks County personal injury lawyer, Michael L. Saile, Jr. asks, “When was the last time you checked your tires to see what the tread looks like?” Today’s tires can run as much as 80,000 miles, but that can vary significantly based on two factors that you cannot control:

  • Outside temperature
  • Road hazards

But you can compensate for these factors.  Be sure your tires are properly inflated.  The treads will wear more evenly when your tires have the right amount of air pressure, regardless of the weather. You should also remain alert to Bucks County and Philadelphia’s notorious potholes and other road hazards that can damage your tires.

As a Bucks County or Philadelphia area driver, there are lots of things you can do to insure that your tires do not show excessive tread wear. If you want to avoid accident injury you should consider the following tips to keep tread wear to a minimum.

  • Do not overload your vehicle
  • Inspect your tires regularly
  • Know the rating of your tires (tires are designed for a variety of uses)
  • Pair similarly worn tires on the same axle 
  • Rotate your tires frequently – allows tread to wear evenly

 

What is the danger of worn out tire treads?

The more tread wear your tires show, the less traction you have. Traction is the force that allows you control over steering your vehicle. If traction is reduced, you risk longer stopping distance. This can have a significant impact on your ability to stop to avoid a Bucks County or Philadelphia accident. If tires have significant tread wear, it can be very dangerous to drive in inclement weather, putting you at greater risk for being involved in a Bucks County car accident.

Hydroplaning can easily occur when your tires are worn down because the tires with tread wear do not force water “through” the tires. This allows the tires to separate from the road surface, which can cause you to skid and be unable to stop your vehicle in time to avoid an accident. Similarly you will have reduced traction when the roads are snowy or icy.

If you or a loved one is injured in a Bucks County or Philadelphia accident caused by an inability of the driver to stop the vehicle, negligence could be attributed to excessive tire wear. If so, you may want to file a personal injury claim. You need an experienced Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer to help you obtain the compensation needed to recover from your injuries. The accident attorneys from Cordisco & Saile LLC offer our FREE PA Car Accident Guide that will answer many of your accident related questions.