Who is responsible for compensating me if a tire blowout caused my injuries in a truck accident?
When a truck tire blows out, the truck driver can lose control of his truck and cause a catastrophic truck accident. In addition, crashes can occur when drivers try to avoid the tire rubber and debris strewn along the road. The victims of these wrecks often suffer life-altering injuries or death. If you were injured in a tire blowout accident, a number of parties could be responsible for compensating you for your injuries.
Liable Parties in a Truck Tire Blowout Crash
There are a number of causes of tire blowout crashes, such as lack of maintenance, improper loading, or tire defects. Here are the parties usually found negligent in these cases:
Truck driver. Truck drivers are required to inspect their trucks, including the tires, before and after every trip, as well as each day while on a trip. They are not supposed to continue to drive a truck that needs its tires repaired or replaced. When truckers fail to complete a thorough inspection or drive the truck with apparent tire problems, they could be responsible for compensating you for your injuries.
Trucking companies. Trucking companies also have a duty to regularly inspect and maintain the tires on their commercial fleet and keep records of these inspections and repairs. They are also prohibited from allowing a truck to be driven that has a repair problem that could result in a truck breakdown or cause an accident. If they breached these duties, they can be found liable if a tire blowout causes a wreck.
Maintenance company. Some commercial trucking businesses contract with a maintenance facility to perform inspections and maintenance of their trucks. They may be an additional party that could be responsible for compensating you if lack of inspections or failure to replace a tire caused it to blow out.
Shipper. When cargo is not loaded or secured properly, this can put additional stress and weight on the tires and cause them to rupture. In this situation, you may need to file a claim with the shipper’s insurance company.
Manufacturer. In some cases, the design or manufacture of the tires is defective and leads to a tire blowout. Your claim would be against the manufacturer in a products liability action if this caused the truck’s tire to explode.
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