JONES COUNTY, Miss. — Kalyn Nicole Jordan, 18, was hurt Nov. 4 in a car accident on MS-15 after the right front tire on her vehicle failed.
Jordan was southbound on MS-15 near John Griffin Road in a Nissan Armada when the tire blew out. Witnesses said the SUV began to swerve off the road and traveled into a ditch before coming to rest on its side in a cow pasture, according to a local news report.
The driver managed to exit the vehicle but suffered severe facial trauma. First responders transported her by ambulance to a local hospital.
The Jones County Sheriff’s Department, Mississippi Highway Patrol, and the M&M, Glade, Powers, and Sandersville volunteer fire departments responded to the accident. No additional information about Jordan’s condition or the crash investigation has been released.
COMMENTARY ON THE KALYN NICOLE JORDAN ACCIDENT IN JONES COUNTY
I am concerned to learn about Ms. Jordan’s serious injury due to a blowout. Tire failure leads to numerous tragic accidents resulting in serious injury or death and are far too common on our roadways. Thankfully, Ms. Jordan’s accident did not cause her life-threatening injuries, though they may be life-altering. The severe facial trauma she suffered, as mentioned in the report, could leave lasting damage. I have represented hundreds of individuals in accidents very similar to this one, including many who recovered fully and many who were permanently affected by their injuries.
After decades of exhaustive research, tests, improvements, and the establishment of stringent safety standards, you would think that the number of accidents caused by blowouts would be a thing of the past. However, that is not the case. Far more tire-failure accidents occur on today’s roadways than there should be.
According to studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety, existing tire damage accounts for a large percentage of tire failure crashes. This type of tire-failure crash is avoidable with proper tire maintenance, such as keeping tires properly inflated, rotated, balanced, with adequate tread-depth.
Unfortunately, proper tire maintenance does not prevent all blowouts. Other factors may be at play in this case. The failed tire may have come in contact with a sharp object in the road. In some cases, the tire may be defective. If the tire failure was a result of manufacture defect, the manufacturer must be held liable to prevent further accidents from occurring. It is imperative that the tire and any pieces of tread that may have separated from the tire are preserved and thoroughly inspected. From the information released by authorities, it is not possible to conclude exactly what caused the blow out. A complete investigation is required to make that determination.
If you are interested in learning more about why these accidents continue to occur, you can access some of the articles that I have written on tire failure crashes here.
I extend my best wishes for Ms. Jordan’s complete and speedy recovery.
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