Truck Accidents: Bad Tires
Tire blowouts occur all the time. Many individuals are unaware, however, of how dangerous a tire blowout can really be, especially when a commercial truck experiences a tire blowout. Tire blowouts can cause accidents between motor vehicles and trucks, often resulting in severe injuries or death. Not only can a tire blowout from a commercial truck result in an accident, but even the remnants on a highway from a truck blowout can cause a deadly crash. According to AAA, the Foundation for Traffic Safety, approximately 25,000 accidents and 100 fatalities occur each year as a direct result of highway debris.
Bad tires and tire blowouts can cause catastrophic accidents, possibly resulting in:
Although tire blowouts can be unpredictable, most of the time they can be easily prevented. Bent rims, rotten spare tires, high temperatures, under inflated tires, burning treads or tread separation are just some of the many possible causes of a tire blowout. If a truck is using the wrong size tires or is driving at excessively high speeds on tires that are already worn out, a tire blowout out can also occur. It is essential that truck drivers have the correct tires for their truck, maintain and look after them properly, and operate the truck with caution. When tires are worn out and need to be replaced, it is vital that this is done immediately. Failing to do these things can cause a tire blowout and car accident, resulting in a lawsuit.
Liable parties can include one or more entities when it comes to a truck accident that occurred from a tire blowout. The truck driver may be found liable for the accident if he or she did not check the pressure, air, or wear and tear of the tires prior to the blowout. The trucking company can be responsible for the accident for the same reasons. The tire manufacturer or the truck manufacturer may be found liable as well. In some scenarios, the inspection station may be found liable for an accident if they gave a truck a passing grade, failing to see the dangerous tire(s).
Did you lose a loved one in an accident as a result of a commercial truck tire blowout? Our lawyers can help; you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our personal injury attorneys today.