A flat tire can be much more than just an inconvenience. If you are going high speeds on a highway or interstate at the time of a tire blowout, you could be in danger of causing a serious Texas car accident. Here are four steps you can take to increase your chances of avoiding a crash after a tire blowout:
- Never tailgate. Keeping a safe distance from other vehicles is one of the best ways to prevent colliding with another car in the event of a tire blowout.
- Don’t slam on the brakes. Although it may be a natural reaction to immediately slam on the brakes after a tire blowout, this action can cause you to lose control of your car.
- Don’t make drastic steering movements. The majority of accidents that follow tire blowouts occur when drivers overcorrect after a tire blowout, lose control of their car, and drive either into another lane or off of the road.
- Slow the car and counter-steer. Because a tire blowout will throw your car’s trajectory off, it is necessary to slightly counter-steer to keep your car driving straight. After you have regained control, slow the car by taking your foot off the gas and lightly applying the brake.
- Pull off the road to a safe place. Never stop in a lane of traffic. Pull onto a shoulder and exit the highway. Pull as far off of the road as you can safely manage.
Have you been injured in a Texas car accident that involved a tire blowout? Be sure you know who was at fault and whether you deserve compensation. Call the Dallas car accident attorneys at Rasansky Law Firm to schedule a free meeting with a lawyer and learn more about your case.