Sometimes, crashes are the result of a vehicle malfunction or lack of maintenance rather than driver error. That seems to have been the case in a Reno crash this month that sent two people to the hospital with injuries.
On the afternoon of May 12, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol, a van traveling north on Interstate 580 near the Spaghetti Bowl road construction project lost tire tread. It went across multiple lanes of traffic, striking an SUV. That vehicle fell some 50 feet off an overpass onto a lot below on East Fourth Street.
The drivers of both the van and the SUV, who were reportedly the only occupants of their vehicles, were hospitalized with serious injuries.
Taking proper care of your tires — especially in states like Nevada with unpredictable weather and temperature extremes — can help prevent crashes. Tires that are worn or not properly inflated can result in skids, blowouts and other issues that can cause serious accidents.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, over 700 people died in 2017 due to tire-related accidents.
The federal agency recommends that drivers pay attention to the following when ensuring that their tires are properly maintained:
- Balance and alignment
Keeping your tires in good condition can help you better react if you encounter a reckless or negligent driver. It can also improve your mileage.
However, if you’re injured in a crash caused by a driver who had a tire malfunction, you have a right to seek the compensation you need to cover medical bills and other expenses and damages. It’s wise to have the guidance of an experienced attorney.