Truck Tire Blowout Accidents
Most of us are so used to getting in the car to go that we no longer consider how dangerous that journey can be. On the highway, rubber debris may remind us that trucks have tire blowouts, or skid marks on the concrete remind us that blowouts can cause accidents. In fact, accidents that are a result of a semi-truck tire blowout can have deadly consequences for drivers, passengers, and anyone nearby.
A tire that is in good conditioned is properly inflated, has minimal wear, and still has good treads. All of these factors together help make the tire more responsive to braking or direction changes. Because semi-trucks are so heavy, and often carry very heavy loads, it’s more important than ever that these trucks have optimal tire health.
Tire blowouts can cause tragic accidents on the highway because they usually occur at high speeds and in close proximity to other vehicles. Flying rubber shards can hit surrounding cars, and the truck swerving can cause additional damage. If you’ve been the victim of a car accident due to a truck tire blowout on the highway, call me and I’ll Make Them Pay!®
Tire blowouts are the leading cause of truck accidents. A tire blowout can cause a truck to swerve, lose complete control of the vehicle, and even roll over. At high speeds, any of these situations can result in fatal consequences for drivers and passengers in the nearby vehicles.
When a tire is in poor condition—for instance, when the treads are worn down or when it’s underinflated—it’s more likely to result in a blowout. Heat, high speed, incorrect installation, and failure to provide regular maintenance also increase the risk of a tire blowout. Because semi-s trucks may travel long distances every day, and cause additional stress on the tires, drivers must be even more cautious and aware of the risk for a tire blowout.
Truck drivers and trucking companies generally follow procedures to check for tire wear, and perform routine maintenance to keep the tires in good condition. Federal law mandates regular inspection of tires, brakes, steering, lights, mirrors, and reflectors. Unfortunately, not all drivers or companies are diligent in performing these inspections, or performing the necessary repair when an inspection turns up issues on the truck.
If you or a loved one have been the victim of a car accident, you have the right to take legal action if a truck driver or company has been negligent in performing tire maintenance. You deserve justice for the injury to yourself or your loved one. I have more than 38 years of experience as a car accident attorney, and I’ll meet you anywhere to discuss your case. Call me at 877.944.4373 and I’ll Make Them Pay!®