Not all accidents are due to driver error. Sometimes a mechanical failure will push a car into an accident. When this happens, the insurance companies and the courts will want to know if the driver with the broken car was negligent about repairing it.
KTBS reports about a fatal crash that happened on I-220 near Shreveport on Friday. According to Lt. James Houston, a pickup was merging onto the outside lane of the interstate from Lakeshore Drive.
A car in the next lane over had a tire blowout and lost control. The car struck the pickup and flipped it over. The driver of the pickup was killed at the scene. The report does not indicate that the surviving driver was charged with anything.
When a mechanical failure happens, a tire failure is the most common cause. A suddenly blown tire makes a vehicle difficult to steer. It can yank a car suddenly sideways. If you feel a tire failure, stop accelerating and use the wheel to guide it to safety as best you can.
If the tire was bald or otherwise damaged and you chose to drive on it, you can open yourself to liability. Don’t neglect your car’s maintenance! You could save your life and save yourself a lot of money.
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