When a tire fails while being driven on, the results can be catastrophic and deadly. Tire tread separation can cause a blowout or can cause the vehicle to enter into a rollover. Tire tread separation often occurs on vehicles with a high center of gravity, such as large cargo trucks. In a tire tread accident, the driver may lose control of the vehicle and the back end may swing out suddenly. After a rupture the vehicle may skid on the road and move sideways in the direction of travel and then may go airborne, beginning a rollover. A tire that blows out can result in the abrupt cessation of movement of a vehicle and may then cause a pile-up of cars behind it.
Tread separation can be caused by a defect in the manufacturing process. When the chemical process of forming the tire goes wrong, resulting in a deficient bonding of the tire to the steel belt, tire tread separation may occur. After a time defective tires show signs of being out of balance, and eventually a bump may form in the tire tread. If the bump expands into a bubble tire tread separation is likely to occur.
Other causes of tire separation include improperly repaired flat tires, abuse of tires by careless driving or over inflation, and excessive tire wear.
If you are involved in an accident with a blowout of a tire, do not hesitate to contact an attorney for an evaluation of the facts of your case. You may be entitled to recover damages from the manufacturer or others for your losses.