While driver error is a leading cause of truck accidents, problems with the truck’s tires are also a common cause of these wrecks. Truck tire rubber strewn across a highway and tire blowouts causing jackknife and rollover truck crashes are just a few of the dangers to unsuspecting motorists who must share the roads with trucks. Victims of these wrecks can suffer catastrophic injuries, such as traumatic brain injury, paralysis, internal organ damage, or death.
Reasons Defective and Poorly Maintained Tires Cause Truck Crashes
Truck accidents that are caused by defective tires or lack of tire maintenance are not uncommon. In many cases, the result of a bad tire is a blowout where the tire explodes or ruptures while the trucker is driving—often at a high speed—causing a loss of control over the truck. Some of the causes of truck tire wrecks include:
- Tire defects. Defects in the design or manufacture of the tires, such as the rubber in the inner tire rim, inner belt gauges, steel belts, and other vital parts, can cause the tire to wear too quickly, lose traction, separate, or explode in a tire blowout. If your truck accident occurred due to a defective tire, you may have a products liability claim against the manufacturer.
- Inflation problems. When a truck’s tires are underinflated, this can cause them to flex, weaken, and explode in a tire blowout due to the additional strain on the tires caused by the lack of sufficient air. The trucker and trucking company are responsible for insuring that the tires are properly inflated.
- Loads. If a truck is overloaded, this also puts additional stress and weight on the tires that they were not designed to handle. You and your family could suffer serious injuries if the tire explodes or ruptures because of this. You may have a claim against the shipper who loaded the cargo as well as the trucking company and trucker.
- Inspections. Truck drivers are required to conduct pre-trip and post-trip inspections of the truck’s vital components—including the tires—under federal regulations. If a trucker fails to conduct an inspection that would have caught a problem with the tires or knew of a problem and drove the truck anyway, he could face liability if this caused a crash.
- Maintenance. The trucking company has its own duties to conduct periodic inspections of its trucks and tires, to properly maintain the tires, and replace them when necessary. You may have a separate claim against the trucking company if its negligence in properly maintaining the tires was the cause of your truck accident.
- Road conditions. Cracked pavement or potholes can cause a truck tire to go flat or explode. In this case, the claim for compensation may be against a municipality and not the truck driver or trucking company. If your truck wreck was caused by this reason, there are special notice and other requirements for pursuing your claim, and you need to retain an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible to ensure you meet these requirements.
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