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Legal ramifications of tire maintenance

Massachusetts contains some of the most varied and challenging road conditions on the eastern seaboard, especially during the winter. This tough automotive climate has the potential to cause undue wear on the tires of a vehicle. Ordinary wear and tear will also take their toll on the surface of the tire. As the surface degrades, the ability to handle the car safely falls away. Vehicle owners and operators are legally responsible for maintaining the quality of their tires.Tire wear must be gauged accurately by inspecting the tire manually. The entire area of the tire must be checked, as a problem in the sidewall or the rim may cause tire failure as surely as a problem with the tread. Any major interruptions in the surface of the tire, like cuts or punctures, should be attended to immediately by professionals. Although large problems like as a nail through a tire may render themselves instantly obvious to inspection, there are other issues such as tread wear that must be carefully measured. If the treads on the tire have worn down too much from use, then they may not afford enough road purchase for the vehicle to operate safely. The tire should be repaired or replaced at once if there is any reason to suspect that it may not be capable of safe and consistent operation.It is the responsibility of all vehicle owners and operators to ascertain that the automobile is in proper working order and all reasonable safety precautions have been taken. If an accident happens and it can be determined that the cause was the failure of the driver to properly maintain the vehicle’s tires, injured accident victims may want to have the assistance of an attorney in seeking compensation from the negligent motorist.Source: Michelin, “About tire wear, maintenance and repair”, Nov. 8, 2015

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