When the indicator turns on that informs the driver that their tire is not properly inflated, this is something that the driver should not put off. A flat tire can be a serious safety risk that can substantially increase the risk of an auto accident. If you believe that the other driver had underinflated tires, you may use this as evidence of negligence.

The Consequences of Under-Inflated Tires

When some motorists have underinflated tires, they are more like to understeer. This can lead to the vehicle losing control and crashing. Some drivers will wait until their tires are visibly deflated before filling them up, but the tires are not safe to drive on much sooner than that.

The Effect of Underinflated Tires on Your Case

If you were involved in an accident with a motorist who didn't properly inflate their tires, you may be able to use this as evidence that the driver is negligent. However, you will need to prove that the driver was operating the vehicle with underinflated tires before you will be able to use this as evidence of negligence.

Proving negligence is important because you will only be entitled to compensation for your injuries if you will be able to prove that the other party had a duty of care, failed to show due care, that this lead to your accident, and that you became injured as a result. Fortunately, a personal injury attorney may be able to examine the scene of the accident to gather evidence to prove that the other driver was negligent.

Other Tire-Related Issues That Indicate Negligence

Drivers who do not rotate their tires often enough may be accused of negligence because the tires will not wear evenly. This is because tires on the front of the vehicle work harder than tires in the back.

Some drivers will drive on damaged tires. This can substantially increase the risk that the tires might experience a blowout and can lead to an accident.

Situations Where the Driver Would Not Be At Fault

If there is a defect in the tire that causes it to fail, the driver would not be held responsible, and you may need to seek compensation from the tire manufacturer. This is also the case if the tires were not properly serviced by a tire repair shop. In either case, your personal injury attorney will help you get to the bottom of what happened.