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Can Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems Help You Avoid Collisions? New York City Accident Lawyer Investigates

On Behalf of | Aug 4, 2016 | Firm News

Modern vehicles are equipped with technological marvels that are preventing accidents and saving lives. From crash avoidance systems to electronic stability control, new safety features are helping drivers reach their destinations alive and uninjured.


With so many exciting innovations, it is easy to overlook the crucial role that tires play in crash prevention. They are the only points of contact your vehicle has with the road, and their performance has a profound impact on your vehicle’s handling. In addition to making sure your tires have adequate tread, you can optimize their performance by purchasing a vehicle with a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS).

TPMS alert drivers when they have low tire pressure. According to Consumer Reports, a study conducted in 2008 concluded that tire problems, such as poor maintenance and low pressure, cause at least 5 percent of all accidents. Nearly half of all SUVs involved in rollovers had tire issues. Many of these crashes could have been avoided if the vehicles had TPMS.

Unfortunately, even the safest vehicles are not immune to collisions – especially when other drivers behave recklessly. If you were injured by a negligent motorist in New York, contact Antin, Ehrlich & Epstein, LLP.

A personal-injury attorney in New York City will gather evidence, structure your claim and handle settlement negotiations on your behalf. If your case goes to trial, our accident lawyers have the litigation experience to represent your interests in court.

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Read on for a brief overview of tire pressure monitoring systems:

Indirect TPMS vs. Direct TPMS

TPMS fall into two categories: indirect or direct. According to BRIDGESTONE, an indirect TPMS measures wheel speed using sensors from the anti-lock braking system. An internal computer compares the rotation rate of each wheel to the speed of the car and other data. If a wheel starts spinning faster than usual, the driver will notice a flashing light that indicates low tire pressure.

Direct systems measure temperature and pressure using sensors located within the tires themselves. They will transmit the data wirelessly to a centralized module for analysis.

What are the pros and cons of each type of TPMS?

Both indirect and direct TPMS have advantages and disadvantages. Direct TPMS is more accurate. It is also easier to synchronize after replacing or rotating tires. However, the tools needed to do this can be expensive. Typically, direct TPMS costs more than indirect TPMS.

Indirect TPMS is both affordable and easy to maintain. However, it is not as accurate as direct TPMS – particularly if your tires’ tread is uneven. Additionally, drivers must reset indirect TPMS before inflating or rotating their tires.

If you were injured in a crash that another driver caused, contact Antin, Ehrlich & Epstein, LLP. A New York City accident lawyer will guide you through the claims process.

Our attorneys have more than 75 years of combined experience negotiating and litigating personal-injury claims. Call 917-730-7151 to schedule a free initial consultation.