Worn Out Tires & Wet Roads Can Result in Accidents
We are in the midst of Florida's rainy season, which began in May and is expected to continue through October 15th. Additionally, this is the time of year when average temperatures are at their peak.
That's why AAA is urging drivers to check their tires for wear and tear. Worn-out tires, hot temperatures and wet weather are a recipe for disaster. When the roads become slick, drivers can lose control, resulting in serious or fatal accidents.
Worn-out tires create serious risk on wet roads
When it comes to maintaining safe driving conditions, tire traction often flies under the radar. According to a poll conducted by the US Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA), 35 percent of Americans can't tell if their tires are bald.
But during the summer months, hot temperatures can leave a film on Florida roads. When it rains, that film becomes slippery, creating a serious hazard on our roadways.
“Tires are what keep a car connected to the road,” said AAA's John Nielsen. “Even the most advanced safety systems rely on a tire’s basic ability to maintain traction."
AAA reports that vehicles traveling at highway speeds during wet weather with worn-out tires can increase stopping distances by around 43 percent. Additionally, smaller passenger vehicles can experience a 33 percent reduction in handling ability, and light trucks can experience a 28 percent reduction of handling ability.
Florida requirements on tires
In Florida, drivers are required to have a minimum tire tread of 1/16 or 2/32 of an inch. However, AAA recommends tire replacement at a tread of 4/32 of an inch.
Typically, when drivers cause accidents because they failed to ensure that their tires are safe and roadworthy, they would be found liable for any injuries and damages caused. If you or a loved one was injured in an auto accident, it's best to speak to an experienced Jacksonville auto accident attorney who can investigate the cause of your crash.
Our law firm sought justice for victims in a crash that resulted in three dead and one paralyzed. The crash was caused when a spare tire on a 13-year-old 12-passenger van detreaded, causing the van to roll over. The tire manufacturer and car company were held liable in this case.
Contact Pajcic & Pajcic today and find out how we can help you.