The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed new tire fuel efficiency ratings for American consumers. The new ratings would say more than just how old the tires are. These new tire ratings could prevent car accidents because blown tires are a leading cause for car accidents.
As car accident attorneys, we are encouraged any time steps are taken to prevent car crashes that cause personal injury or wrongful death. Automobile accidents can cause a variety of personal injuries. Whiplash, for example, feels the same as a neck strain, but can lead to spinal cord injuries that cause paralysis (i.e. paraplegia & quadriplegia).
In addition to new fuel efficiency ratings, the new proposed ratings would tell consumers about two other things – wet weather traction and tread wear. Both of those ratings can prevent auto accidents. Bad weather can lead to slippery roads or decreased visibility depending on the amount of rain or snow coming down. Old tires can blow out unexpectedly leading to car crashes.
The three new ratings will appear on the tires themselves as well as safercar.gov to help consumers compare ratings as they shop for new tires.
“Today’s proposal takes the guess work out of buying the best tires for your vehicle,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
Tires are the first things on the road when you are in your car. It is a good idea to make sure the safest tires are on your car to prevent car accidents.
As auto accident attorneys, we support this and any other government proposals that reduce the amount of car accidents causing personal injury and wrongful death. Hopefully, more and more regulations will make driving as safe as it possibly can be.
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