A man from Shreveport, Texas, died on Tuesday, June 22, when he lost control of his vehicle and veered off the road. The single-vehicle accident was caused by a tire blowout.
Details of the Accident
The Texas Department of Public Safety reports that one man died on June 22 in a single-vehicle accident on Highway 349 one mile northwest of Midland. The victim was driving a 2013 GMC Yukon at 12:06 a.m. when the incident took place.
Information regarding this incident is limited, and it has not been reported whether the 38-year-old victim died on the scene or was transported to a hospital prior to his death.
According to the preliminary investigation by the TxDPS, the accident occurred when the Shreveport man suffered a tire blowout, causing him to lose control of his vehicle. He veered off of the road before flipping the vehicle.
Tire Blowouts: What You Need to Know
While the Texas Department of Transportation doesn’t distinguish between tire blowouts and other tire issues, there were more than 4,300 car accidents caused by defective or slick tires in 2020. Usually, you can learn something about what causes accidents by analyzing where they occur the most often, but, surprisingly, defective tire accidents were split almost 50/50 between rural and urban areas.
There are some warning signs that you can watch for to avoid experiencing your own tire blowout. According to Consumer Reports, a consumer protection organization, you should replace or fix your tires if you see any of the following:
- Uneven wear on the tire tread
- Cracking or cuts in the sidewalls of the tire
- Bulges, blisters, and pockets
- Excessive vehicle vibration
- Excessive wear on the tire tread, as shown by depth indicators on the tire
Next, many tire blowouts are caused by improper inflation of otherwise functional tires.
Underinflated tires can cause the sidewalls of the tire to flex too much, resulting in a blowout. To avoid this, check your tire pressure once a month, and always use a tire gauge rather than eyeballing it; your eyes might miss something a gauge would catch. Finally, set the air pressure to the level indicated by your automaker, not the maximum level imprinted on the tire itself.
Of course, sometimes accidents happen despite our best efforts. If you hear a loud boom come from your tire while you’re on the road, follow the guide below to help keep control of your vehicle. Download our guide and share it with friends to help them stay a little bit safer, too.
If you’ve been injured in a Texas blowout accident, contact the Houston car accident attorneys of Lapeze & Johns, PLLC, for help pursuing your rights to compensation.