Exploring The Causes Of Single Vehicle Accidents: Incorrect Tire Placement – New Tires Go On The Rear Axle

Several recent single-vehicle traffic accidents have occurred in Central Alabama since the first of the year. On Thursday, January 13, 2011, a Greensboro, Alabama man was tragically killed when his 2007 Ford F-250 left the roadway and overturned several times. (WSFA.com – January 14, 2011) Similarly, a Dadeville, Alabama man was killed on January 14, 2011 when his 2005 Ford F-150 left the roadway and struck a tree. (WSFA.com – January 14, 2011)

Single vehicle accidents require thorough investigation, as the cause may be something other than steering or other driver input of the vehicle involved. In fact, the single vehicle wreck may have been caused by the negligence of someone else before the driver even got behind the wheel.

If the accident occurred in wet weather, the issue of tire placement should be explored. It is the recommendation of most tire manufacturers that, when replacing only two of four tires, the new tires should be placed on the rear axle. While this is contrary to the popular belief of most consumers that new tires should always be placed on the front axle, manufacturers and tire industry associations contend that placing the “best rubber on the rear” provides better traction and, thus, less potential for hydroplaning.

BF Goodrich Warranty Brochure

Michelin’s Recommendation

While it is the policy of most major tire retailers to place two of four new tires on the rear axle, some of the less informed in the industry may still place new tires on the front axle. Such negligence places you and other drivers at risk. If you or a loved one are involved in an auto accident or a car wreck anywhere in the State of Alabama the Montgomery, Alabama personal injury and wrongful death attorneys at Allred & Allred, P.C. would like to investigate to determine if you have potential legal claims under Alabama law.