Thursday night, while driving on the I-15 in Box Elder County a man was killed and his wife seriously injured.
Arthur Baca, 59, was driving his truck heading northbound when the rear passenger-side tire tread came off causing the truck to go out of control. It then veered into the median and rolled until it stopped, upside down.
Baca died at the scene and his wife, Helen Baca, 58, was taken to Bear River Valley Hospital in Tremonton. As of Friday her condition was updated to fair. Both persons had been wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash.
Though we do not know what caused the tire tread to come off of the truck’s tire, we do know that there are several steps that can be taken to decrease your chances of tire related accidents.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) underinflated tires and overloaded vehicles are a major cause of failure. Tires need to be regularly inspected for cuts, slashes and any other irregularities that would compromise their operating ability.
The inflation pressure of your particular vehicle’s tires is also crucial to proper operation. The NHTSA defines tire inflation pressure as “…the level of air in the tire that provides it with load-carrying capacity and affects the overall performance of the vehicle.” Most tires will lose air over time or suddenly if things like curbs and potholes are encountered. Tire pressure that is too high is also a problem and needs to be relieved if that is the case.
Tire pressure checks can be done by anyone with a tire gauge. These checks need to be done regularly because not all tires’ pressure can be determined by a visual inspection alone.
There are many uncontrollable variables that could lead to a car accident. This is why it is important to make driving as safe as possible by controlling the aspects of your vehicle’s maintenance that you can. If an accident does occur you can still be in control of certain outcomes. Let the attorneys at Christensen Law Firm help and inform you on what options are available to you. Call us today at 801.506.0800.