Understanding Tire Wear Patterns
I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton auto accident attorney. Tires are arguably the most crucial component of a motor vehicle. Maintaining your tires is important for a wide variety of reasons from improving vehicle handling and fuel economy to ensuring your safety on the road. While it can be easy to overlook your tires, taking the extra time out of your day to inspect them for any signs of wear and tear can go a long way towards reducing accidents.
Common Causes and Patterns of Tire Wear
Some of the common causes and patterns of tire wear include:
- Center Wear: If the center of a tire shows more wear than the outer edges, it is more likely that the tire is overinflated. Driving on overinflated tires, particularly during the summer, can be dangerous as it can increase your risk of a blowout and cause a car accident. To find the proper tire pressure for your vehicle, refer to your owner’s manual or look at the sticker located within the doorjamb of the driver’s side. Tire pressure should be adjusted accordingly for a safe, smooth ride;
- Edge Wear: If you find more wear along the outer edge of your tire than the center, that tire may likely be underinflated. Add air as needed to equalize the tire pressure based on your manufacturer’s recommendations;
- Patchy Wear: This may imply that a tire is out of balance. This can be as simple as having a mechanic spin and rotate your tires to help equalize wear. Tires should be spun and rotated every 5,000 miles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration;
- Cupping Wear: This is an uneven wear pattern that can show diagonal scalloping along a tire. This type of wear is particularly serious as it may suggest that the suspension is bent or worn. When this happens, contact a trusted mechanic or dealership to have your vehicle inspected.
Auto Products Liability
Sometimes, motor vehicle accidents can occur due to factors outside of a driver’s control, such as a defective vehicle part or equipment. Those who have suffered injuries in an accident caused by faulty automobile parts or products may have a viable claim for products liability. These types of claims can be brought against a manufacturer, retailer or seller of a defective product to recover property damage, medical expenses, lost wages and other related damages. Auto products liability claims can be extremely time-consuming and complex as substantial evidence must be presented in order to prove an entity’s negligence. If this has happened to you or your loved one, it is important to contact an experienced products liability lawyer in Stockton to protect your rights and obtain fair compensation for your injuries and associated damages.
Stockton Auto Accident Attorney
I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton auto accident attorney. Motor vehicle accidents happen quite frequently and lead to serious injury or even death to those involved. Keep your tires properly inflated and maintained. If you or a family member have been injured in an accident caused by a negligent driver or entity, I am here to provide you with free, friendly legal advice. Please feel free to phone me any time at (209) 227-1931 or toll-free at (800) 404-5400.
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