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Is your tire pressure increasing your risk of a motorcycle accident?

On Behalf of | Dec 6, 2022 | Motorcycle Accidents

A motorcycle accident often results in bodily injuries, given the rider’s exposure when impact occurs. Weather conditions and other motorists contribute to the likelihood of an accident, but the condition of your tires also plays an important role.

A bad tire on a four-wheeled vehicle still has the support of three other wheels. The design of motorcycles does not provide this same security, and failing to take tire pressure and condition into account can increase the risk of an accident.

Tire pressure

In many cases, a motorcycle rider will not realize their tire does not have the right pressure. Steering the bike becomes more difficult, with riders feeling the steering grow heavy or mushy. Drivers can more easily lose control without the right tire pressure, with front-wheel changes causing a likelihood of the bike to flip or change directions. Low pressure in the back can affect the bike’s balance and potentially cause an uncontrolled skid or swaying from side to side.

Tire failure

Tire failure can happen because of improperly inflated tires or an object on the job that causes a flat or blowout. However, third parties could maintain responsibility for accidents involving tire failure. Depending on what took place or the nature of the accident, a tire manufacturer, your mechanic or the dealership where the car came from could bear liability for the accident under product liability laws.

It is important to check the tire pressure in your motorcycle before taking it out on the road. The pressure changes as temperature changes, potentially increasing your risk of an accident and injuries.