We see them, pass by them, sometimes even dodge them - those frayed rubber tire strips baking on Texas roads and highways. They represent someone's bad day, and, sometimes, they represent someone's last day. In 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded over 738 tire-related traffic fatalities. Tire failures, especially violent blowouts, cause thousands of accidents every year, putting even the safest and most vigilant drivers at risk.
One person was killed and two people injured when a pickup truck crashed into a guard rail near Colorado City, Texas on December 11, 2017. The crash occurred on Interstate 20 just east of the city. The accident happened when the tread separated on one of the truck's tires, causing the vehicle to spin out of control before it hit the guard rail and overturned.