Commercial trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and are difficult to operate under the best of circumstances. When there is a tire blowout, this can lead to a serious accident. There are many reasons for tire blowouts. While a tire failure can happen as the result of an unavoidable impact with road debris, potholes, and other types of hazards, many times it is negligence on the part of the driver or trucking company that leads to the dangerous condition.
Tire blowouts in commercial trucks can lead to devastating crashes. Due to the disparity in the weight between large trucks and smaller passenger vehicles, the driver and occupants of the smaller vehicle often are seriously injured. The skilled and dedicated Miami truck accident lawyers at Greenberg Stone and Urbano have more than 130 years of experience in advocating on behalf of our clients to get the compensation that they need to recover from the harm they suffered during the collision.
Tire blowouts that happen because of the negligence of the truck driver, mechanic, or trucking company have dangerous consequences for victims of the resulting crashes. Some of the most common causes of tire blowouts include:
• Improper inflation of the tires – In order to avoid tires that are over-inflated or under-inflated, it is important to carefully monitor and adjust the pressure in accord with the specifications for the tire and the type of truck, as well as the load being hauled. When the tire is over or under-inflated, it can lead to the tires wearing in irregular patterns, jeopardizing the structural integrity of the tire;
• Overloading the trailer – A load that is too heavy for the truck places too much pressure on the tires, leading to sudden and catastrophic tire failure;
• Installing defective tires – There are defects that can be observed by the trucking company. However, there are times when the tires are manufactured in a defective manner, which means that the manufacturer must be brought into any legal action in order to allocate liability;
• Failing to use the right tires in the right manner – There are specific types of tires with tire tread appropriate for specific usage. In addition, it is crucial to pair the same size tires together. When a trucking company is using two different types of tires, radial and bias, these tires must not be mixed on the same axle;
• Failing to repair or replace worn or damaged tires – It is the obligation of the trucker and trucking company to inspect and replace tires that have worn down to the point where they are dangerous.
In accordance with a Large Truck Crash Causation Study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), tire blowouts are a factor in six percent of all commercial truck accidents. The accidents resulted in injuries or fatalities.
When there is negligence involved in the selection, maintenance, or repair of the tires on a large truck that leads to a blowout, it is imperative to identify the parties responsible for the harm and hold them accountable.
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