• May 09, 2017

Keisha Mercer Killed, 3 Injured in Hephzibah, GA, Accident

Hephzibah, GA -- May 4, 2017, Keisha Mercer was killed and three others were injured due to an accident where a possible tire blowout caused a crash.

Authorities from the Richmond County Sheriff's Department were called out to investigate the fatal accident. It happened at around 9:00 a.m. near the intersection of Peach Orchard Road and Mims Road.

Preliminary investigations indicate that 42-year-old Keisha was in a vehicle with her husband and daughter on their way from Statesboro. As they traveled along the highway, reports say they may have had a tire blowout, causing the vehicle to lose control. As a result, it entered the path of an oncoming 18-wheeler and crashed head-on.

Due to the collision, Mercer and her daughter were both ejected from the vehicle. Mercer suffered a fatal injury and was pronounced dead at the scene. Her daughter and her husband were both taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The truck driver also sustained minor injuries in the accident.

Police have not confirmed the reports of the blowout, and possible caused are still under investigation. No further information is currently available.

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Commentary

The fact that this accident may have been caused by a blowout warrants further investigation by an experienced professional independent of police. What many people don't consider is that tire blowouts aren't always caused by a nail in the road. There are several factors which can contribute to such accidents, and many of them involve details subtle and specific enough that only an industry professional would be able to pick them out.

Besides foreign debris puncturing the tire, there are three other causes of tire blowouts:

  1. Tire neglect
  2. Defective tires
  3. The tires are not the right tires for that particular vehicle

Tire neglect is very common. Drivers should change their tires after a certain amount of miles once they've worn thin, but some people, for some reason or another, fail to do so. This makes the tire vulnerable to catastrophic failures such as blowouts.

Defective tires are less common and much more difficult to catch during investigations. Basically, the manufacturer made a mistake somewhere in the process of making the tire, making it below safety standards and leading to a blowout.

Whether or not the tires are the proper tires for a vehicle can be caused by a variety of factors. It could be something as simple as an auto shop putting the wrong tires on during maintenance, or it could be like what Ford went through with their SUVs in the early 2000s. In short, they shipped many vehicles out with tires that were too small for the weight of the SUV. This led to many rollover accidents and tire blowouts.

Any of these three as well as foreign debris could be the case in any given tire blowout accident. The point here is that without experience dealing specifically with tire blowouts, investigators will have a very difficult time determining exactly what caused the accident to occur. Anyone affected by an accident like this is best served gaining the aid of an independent professional to look examine the tire. Doing so could be the difference in a mysterious, fatal accident and solving an issue that otherwise would have put more lives at risk.

--Grossman Law Offices

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