Much is made about the dangers of winter driving. Snow, ice and visibility problems are major culprits, but worn tires present hidden issues that are often unaddressed until it is too late. The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) estimates that 11 percent of vehicles on the road in the United States have at least one bald tire. The American Automobile Association (AAA) estimates that of the 39 million drivers on the road during the holiday season, four million were at risk of car accidents because of worn tires. These concerns continue even as the holiday driving season winds down, since snow and ice storms will persist until at least April in North Carolina.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation advises motorists to monitor tire pressure for both safety and fuel efficiency.
In addition to inherent safety hazards, driving with worn tires carries serious legal risks. Every driver who takes the road has a duty to use reasonable care while operating his or her vehicle, but they also must use that level of care in maintaining it. Just as a motor vehicle must have functioning brakes and headlights, properly inflated and maintained tires are essential. A driver found to have caused a car accident due to improper maintained tires could be found to have breached that duty of care and could be held liable for injuries and property damage.
If you have been injured in a car accident and suspect that the other driver was at fault for failing to maintain his or her automobile, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you understand your rights and options.