Posted in Blog on July 14, 2016
You should always take proper care of your tires. After all, your tires are the only contact point your automobile has with the road. Improper tire maintenance can lead to very serious accidents. In fact, a study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that tire issues were a factor in nearly nine percent of all automobile accidents. If you have any questions or concerns about improper tire maintenance and Colorado car accidents, please contact an experienced Denver auto accident lawyer for immediate legal assistance.
All drivers should be aware of Colorado’s tire tread laws and tire pressure guidelines. Operation TireSafe, from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), provides important advice for all drivers. CDOT recommends using the ‘quarter test’ as a simple method to determine if your vehicle’s tire tread is up to the state’s minimum standards. The quarter test works like this:
You should repeat this test on all tires, testing several different points on each one. Further, you must also follow Colorado’s tire pressure guidelines. Improperly inflated tires will put you and your family at serious risk. Please refer to the recommended tire pressure inflation standards for your specific make of tires.
A person or an entity can be held liable for a car accident if their negligence contributed to that accident. This means that many different parties could potentially be held liable for an improper tire maintenance accident. This includes:
Determining liability after an accident caused by bad tires is always complicated. You need an experienced Colorado car accident lawyer by your side who will conduct a comprehensive investigation. This will include examining the accident scene, consulting with experts, taking witness statements, reviewing maintenance records and anything else required to get answers.
The car accident lawyers at Zaner Harden Law have extensive experience protecting the rights of injured victims. If you were involved in an accident, and you believe improper tire maintenance played a factor, please contact our office at 303-558-6221 to schedule a free review of your case. Our office is located in Denver, and we proudly serve clients throughout Colorado.