There are many things that all motorists can do to stay safe on the road and avoid South Florida motor vehicle accidents. One of the most important things drivers—especially motorcycle riders—should do is to check their tires. For a motorcycle, the two rubber circles beneath it are its only source of traction, so it is critical to make sure tires are properly inflated and have enough tread before taking it for a ride.
When motorcyclists don’t maintain their tires or replace them as necessary, poor tires can jeopardize a safe ride—turning a good ride into a bad ride in an instant. Because tires are so important to a motorcyclist’s safety, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation recommends a pre-ride inspection. This means it’s not enough to kick the tires or air them up quickly. There are three things all motorcycle riders should inspect their tires for before riding, including:
- Tread depth – when tread depth is neglected and motorcyclists continue riding on worn tires, serious and even fatal crashes have and will continue to occur. It is recommended to replace tires at 2/32” and to never ride past the 1/32” strips. Motorcyclists can determine tire tread quickly with a tread depth gauge. If they don’t have a gauge on them, they can insert a penny into the groove. If the tread is lower than Lincoln’s head, it may be time for new tires.
- Air pressure – it is vital to the performance of the bike that tires are properly inflated. When tires are under-inflated, it can cause poor, shaky handling and heavy steering. Additionally, inadequate air pressure can cause accelerated wear and lead the tire to separate from the rim.
- Condition – by looking at the overall condition of motorcycle tires, riders should be able to tell if new tires are in order. This means that motorcyclists should look for any cracks, sidewall damage, or impacted objects.
Unfortunately, most people don’t check their tires before every ride; however, air pressure, tread depth and the overall tire condition should be looked at least once a week and especially before long road trips. Sadly, there has been one too many serious motorcycle wrecks caused from tire blowouts as a result of worn out tires.
If you have maintained your tires properly and still slid out or had a blowout, it could be possible that the tires are defective. You should seek the advice of a personal injury lawyer immediately because an attorney can have your tires preserved and inspected. If the tire manufacturer or dealer is responsible for your South Florida motorcycle crash and injury, a lawyer can help you pursue compensation.
To determine if you have a case against the manufacture or dealer, contact the Law Office of David Benenfeld to speak with a Broward County accident attorney in a free consultation at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″] today.