A chain reaction crash occurred on Monday afternoon on Interstate 35 near 75th Street, injuring three drivers. The Kansas Highway Patrol has provided preliminary details regarding this incident.
At approximately 2:15 p.m. on Monday, first responders were dispatched to the northbound lanes of Interstate 35, approximately one mile south of 75th Street. They encountered at least four vehicles involved in the collision, with vehicles coming to a stop on both shoulders.
Among the vehicles involved, one SUV overturned, while three others sustained significant damage after rear-ending each other.
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol’s crash log, the initial incident occurred when an Isuzu SUV experienced a tire failure, causing the driver to lose control, collide with the center median wall, and ultimately roll over.
Subsequently, a second crash occurred as traffic slowed to a stop. In this instance, a Ford pickup truck collided with the rear of a Honda SUV and then the back of a Chevrolet pickup truck.
The drivers involved in the rollover accident, as well as two of the drivers from the second crash, were transported to area hospitals via Johnson County Med-Act ambulances. Notably, all drivers involved were wearing seat belts at the time of the crashes.
Investigation Needed to Determine the Cause of Tire Failure that Resulted in a Three-Car-Crash
Accidents like this happen all the time. Even when motorists drive safely, obey road rules, and have safety practices in place, they can still be a victim of a sudden tire failure. In fact, there are over 78,000 tire-related accidents yearly; unfortunately, thousands of these accidents result in injuries and death (National Highway Safety Administration, 2023). Flat tires, tire blowouts, and other tire failures are a major cause of concern for the safety of everyone on the road.
While further investigation is needed to determine the cause of tire failure in this crash, tire failure is commonly caused by a manufacturer defect or inadequate maintenance or repair.
Tires turn out defective due to poor craftsmanship, a flaw in the design, or unsafe manufacturing procedures. The manufacturer is at fault when defective tires cause an accident. Manufacturers have a lawful duty to provide the driving public with a product that adheres to a reasonable safety standard. When manufacturers fail to produce safe tires, they must be held responsible.
Maintenance and repair shops can also be to blame for a tire failure accident. We have seen many instances where repair shops place the wrong size tires on cars or place tires incorrectly. There are also instances where dangerous tires pass inspection and remain on the roadway. When this happens, the auto and repair shops must be held accountable.
In this three-car collision, a further investigation is needed to determine why the Isuzu SUV’s tire failed. All parties to blame need to be held accountable for the injuries caused.
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