There are many different factors that can contribute to a car accident, most of which are some form of human error. When a driver gets distracted or chooses to drive while intoxicated or fatigued, then that driver is posing a risk to others on the road, increasing the likelihood of an accident. These are arguably the most common contributors to accidents, but they are not the only things that can cause an accident.
The truth is that in many accidents, neither driver could have prevented what happened if the error was mechanical, meaning that it was a defect in the vehicle. If a person fails to check their tire pressure or knows that their tires are low on air but choose to drive anyway, then that person could be found negligent if their poorly inflated tires cause loss of control that leads to an accident. However, if an unknown defect in the tires causes them to blow out, it is hardly the driver's fault for being unaware of the issue.
In this instance, it is unfair to hold the driver whose tire blew out responsible for the injuries caused by the accident, but of course it is also unfair of other injured parties to suffer injuries that they did not cause. Depending on the circumstances, the tire manufacturer or another third party may be held responsible for the injuries, allowing the victim to be compensated.
Of course it can be difficult in these instances to determine exactly who was at fault or what entity should be held responsible, which is why it is recommended that victims seek the assistance of an attorney. If you live in Tennessee, and you have been injured in an accident due to a defective vehicle, please visit our website to learn how we can put decades of experience to work to help you receive the compensation you deserve.