A woman was injured in an Irvine car accident after her vehicle blew and tire and she lost control on the 405 Freeway. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the injury crash occurred the morning of July 28, 2010 at Laguna Canyon Road. California Highway Patrol officials say the Lexus ES300 blew a tire and swerved into the center divider. The female driver was transported to a local hospital with neck and back injuries. Her injuries were not life-threatening.
I’m relieved to hear that this accident did not result in catastrophic or fatal injuries. I wish this injured victim the very best for a quick and complete recovery. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.
Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were five fatalities and 840 injuries involving car accidents in Irvine. In Orange County as a whole, 152 people died and 13,414 were injured as a result of car accidents during the same year.
Possible Tire Defect
Based on this news report, it appears that this injury crash occurred as a result of a tire blowout. When a tire blows especially on the freeway, it can be tough even for an experienced driver to control the car. In this case, it is not clear whether the tire was defective or if there were any issues with tire maintenance. But the accident victims in such cases would be well-advised to preserve what is left of the tire.
This is also a good time to remind ourselves about the importance of tire maintenance. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), properly maintained tires improve the steering, stopping, traction and load-carrying capability of your vehicle. Underinflated tires and overloaded vehicles are usually a major cause of tire failure as well.
Product Liability Issues
In cases where an auto product defect is suspected, it is also a good idea to preserve the vehicle in its current, crashed condition, unaltered, so it can be carefully examined for mechanical malfunctions, vehicle defects and other evidence. If a vehicle defect or product defect did cause the accident and resulting injuries, the auto maker or the manufacturer of the defective product can be held liable. An experienced Irvine personal injury lawyer who has successfully handled tire defect cases and other auto products liability cases will be able to advise victims and their families about their legal rights and options.
What are some tire maintenance tips you may have for other motorists?
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