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How poor tire maintenance may contribute to a car crash
A lack of vehicle maintenance can increase your risk of getting into an accident while traveling on Illinois roads. Ideally, you will adhere to the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule as closely as possible to ensure that you can make it to your next destination safely. Typically, the company that made your vehicle will advise you to have the tires rotated, inflated and inspected for damage on a regular basis.
As a general rule, you should have a car’s tires rotated each time it is brought in for an oil change. Typically, a car’s engine oil is changed every 3,000 to 10,000 miles. Failing to have this done on a regular basis could result in uneven wear as a vehicle’s weight tends to be distributed unevenly. In most cases, the tires on the front of the car work harder than those in the back.
In most vehicles, a low tire pressure warning will appear if a tire has less than 30 pounds per square inch (PSI) of pressure. However, you will likely want a PSI reading of between 33 to 35 to ensure proper vehicle performance.
A tire that is cut, has a bulge or is not properly inflated is at a greater risk of experiencing a blowout and causing a car accident to occur. Furthermore, you will likely notice that it’s harder to stop your vehicle in a timely manner. Finally, there is a chance that the vehicle will get fewer miles to the gallon, which will result in higher fuel costs.
If you are involved in an accident that was caused by an improperly maintained car, truck or van, you may be entitled to compensation. An attorney may use witness statements, a police report or other information to establish that your losses were the result of another party’s negligence.
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