Reasons The Tread On Your Tire Separates:

  1. Manufacturer Defect
  2. Tire Abuse
  3. Underinflation
  4. Excessive Wear

Tire Tread Accidents...Prevention, Causes, And What To Do Next

Posted by The Roth Firm on Feb 20, 2019 9:08:15 AM

Car accidents happen every day.

If you have a long commute to work, especially in a big city, you probably see a dozen a week, if not more.

Most of the time they're just little fender benders with no injuries, just an annoyance.

Sometimes, however, they can get worse and completely change the lives of those affected.

Most fender benders are caused by someone not paying attention.

Maybe there's stop and go traffic, and someone looked away to adjust their radio for a split second and hit the person in front of them.

Or maybe someone didn't notice the person in front of them was stopping at a red light, slammed on their brakes, but didn't stop in time, rear-ending the car in front of them. 

Major accidents are much worse. Someone runs a red light at 50mph and hits another car.

Or someone going down the interstate cuts someone off, causing them to hit a car, and the car behind that car hits them, and so on, causing a chain reaction.

Typically in most car accidents, someone is at fault.

A driver usually hits another driver or an object due to their negligence.

However, sometimes you can be doing everything right, and still end up in a car accident due to no fault of your own, or anyone else's.

A lot of these types of accidents happen due to bad weather.

You hydroplane and lose control, or hit a severe patch of black ice.

However, these accidents can even happen in the most perfect of weather conditions.

And the reason could be sitting right underneath you.

Your tires.

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A major cause of car accidents is due to your tire tread separating, causing you to lose control and wreck.

In the article below, we'll take a more in-depth look at tire tread accidents, and what you should do after you've been in one.

Causes of Tread Separation

A set of good, well-maintained tires shouldn't have tread separation.

However, sometimes every tire isn't created equal.

Here is a list of the things that can cause your tires to separate.

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Manufacturer’s defect

The most common reason a tire has tread separation is due to a manufacturers defect.

This means something went wrong in the bonding process of the tread and steel belting section of the tire casing, causing the tread not to adhere properly.

The signs that there is something wrong with your tires should appear shortly after you've purchased and used the tire.

You'll most likely feel strange vibrations, and the car will feel imbalanced while you're driving.

You will also be able to notice a bump on the tread of your tire that will grow until the tread finally separates.

If you see a bump on the tread of your tire, get it checked out ASAP. A tire with a bump is not safe to drive on.

That's the first visual sign that your tire tread is going to separate.

It's not a matter of if, but when.

If you feel the strange vibrations and have a sense that your car is imbalanced, you should inspect your tires right away.

Run your hands along the tread of every tire, looking for any bumps of deformities.

Driving your vehicle with a bump or any deformity on your tire puts you and your passengers at risk.

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Tire Abuse

Tire abuse happens when your tires aren't cared for the way they should be.

This could be caused by you or anyone you trust to service your vehicle and its tires.

Overinflation of the tire can cause accelerated wear, overheating, and a reduced ability to absorb shock from the road.

Always be sure that your tires are inflated to the proper PSI to protect your tires performance and increase their longevity.

Check your PSI levels once a month to be sure your tires are inflated to the correct levels.

Your automaker will have recommended ranges for your tires that you should adhere to.

Always be sure to check the tires when they're cold.

Checking them when they're hot could leave you with a false reading.

You can buy a simple tire gauge at most big box stores and any auto parts store, and they are relatively inexpensive.

Bad driving habits will also damage your tires and lead to tread separation.

Driving through potholes, in particular, is very damaging to the tread on your tires.

Your tires are designed to take a certain amount of impact from potholes, but hitting large potholes are a pothole at an excessive speed can cause your tire tread to separate.

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Nearly half of all cars are driving on underinflated tires that can cause serious accidents


Similar to overinflation, driving on tires that are underinflated can be just as damaging.

Driving on underinflated is a widespread problem, making it a very dangerous problem.

Although it's a problem that is easily fixed, people tend to neglect it.

Multiple surveys have shown that about half of the cars you see on the road every day have underinflated tires.

Every tire loses air through the rubber at slow rates, so drivers often continue driving on them without realizing that their tires are underinflated.

Drastic changes in temperature that come with the seasons can also cause your tire pressure to drop.

Underinflated tires can cause the sidewalls of the tires to flex and build up excessive heat, shortening the lifespan of the tire and possibly leading to tread separation.

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Excessive Wear

Sometimes we keep the tires on our cars longer than we should.

Instead of spending a few hundred dollars to buy a new site, we try to extend the life of our tires as long as possible.

However, tires are designed to withstand a certain number of miles before they need to be replaced.

Driving them beyond those miles makes them susceptible to blowouts, a loss of traction, and tread separation.

It might not be easy on the wallet to buy a brand new set of tires, but you could ultimately save yourself a lot of money by avoiding an accident.

You should replace your tires as soon as the mileage limits have been reached.

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What To Do After The Accident

After you've been involved in an accident, there are specific steps you need to take.

First, make sure you're okay. Then make sure everyone else involved in the accident is okay.

Call the police to file a report. If you end up going to trial, the police report will be crucial to your case.

It will be the first piece of evidence, and it will start building your case as soon as the accident occurred.

Once you're sure everyone is okay, the police report has been filed, and the accident scene is cleared, it's time to start figuring out what happened.

If the tread on your tires separated, it could be due to your negligence.

If that's the case, you'll have to eat the expenses and get your car fixed.

However, as mentioned above, a lot of the time it is due to a manufactures defect.

If you take care of your tires, keep them properly inflated, and avoid potholes, and your tread still separated, it's likely due to a manufacturers defect.

If that's the case, you need to contact a lawyer immediately.

Proving that your tire tread separated due to a manufacturers defect can be very tricky, but an experienced lawyer will help you through the process.

The auto accident lawyers at The Roth Firm have years of experience settling personal injury and auto accident cases.

They are more than capable of helping you get what you deserve after your accident due to the tread on your tire separating.

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