Regular automotive maintenance is necessary for the safe operation of a motor vehicle on the roads of Connecticut. This includes the tires. The wide variety of inclement weather conditions on the highways of this state demand that the tires be well maintained and replaced when necessary.
In America, the tread on tires is usually measured in 32nds of an inch. The deep grooves incised in the surface of the tire, specially designed to shift water away from the space between the road and the tire, are usually about 10/32 inches deep when the tires are new. The tread on a tire is considered to be worn down when the groove is only 4/32 inches deeper than the rubber surface surround it, and it is bald when it reaches 2/32 inches.
Bald tires cannot grip the road as well as new tires. This is especially true when the road is wet. Without the deep cuts to channel water safely away, the vehicle is at an increased risk of a hydroplaning event. This occurs when the car begins to skate on the layer of water trapped between the tire and the road, and vehicle control can be severely impacted.
Any car accident claim for personal injury or wrongful death may be modified by the court upon determination of where the liability for the accident falls. If one party in an injurious or fatal accident neglected their duty to maintain a safe and street-worthy vehicle by failing to keep functioning tires on their vehicle, then they may be required to pay for a larger proportion of the costs of the accident. An attorney's assistance may be welcome to those who wish to prove to a court of law where the responsibility should be placed in an accident.