The number of tire-related crashes has seen a significant drop since 2008. But even when all new cars were required to have a tire pressure monitoring system, there are still a high number of blowouts. Tire blowouts result in about 11,000 crashes which cause about 700 fatalities a year. When a blowout occurs, it can take as little as ¼ a second for the driver to lose control of the car. To get through a blowout without an accident, keep a good grip on the steering wheel. Slow your car down slowly and gradually pull over to the side of the road. Finally, activate your emergency lights.
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports that a fatal wreck involving a tire blowout occurred on Interstate 285.
The accident occurred last Wednesday at about 1:00 p.m. in the westbound lanes of I-285 close to the I-75 interchange.
The driver in an Izuzu box truck was heading westbound on the interstate when the vehicle suffered a blowout. The blowout led to the driver losing control of his vehicle, and he crashed into two other cars. The truck came to a stop on the left shoulder, partially in the travel lanes.
A man driving a Toyota Corolla crashed into the back of the box truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of one of the vehicles that was struck by the Izuzu was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.
The accident remains under investigation.
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