If you take a look at a large semi-truck, you’ll notice that it has many more tires than a regular passenger car. It is easy to assume that the additional tires help to avoid problems in the event that one of the tires fails. Despite the fact that the additional tires provide support to the truck and help to avoid veering off the road, a tire blowout is still very dangerous and fatal.
In case you were harmed in an accident involving a truck caused by a tire blowout, then you need to seek the assistance of an expert truck accident lawyer. Our team of skilled lawyers are knowledgeable in handling a lot of issues involving truck accidents and will fight hard for you to ensure that you are fully compensated for your injuries and damages.
Why Do Truck Tire Accidents Happen?
A number of factors can lead to the failing of a truck tire. In most cases, issues with truck tires can be prevented if the truck owner or driver ensures proper maintenance and sufficient inspections before every trip. One of the key reasons for tire blowouts is improper tire pressure in spite of it being the easiest to adjust. Outdoor temperature, elevation, and load weights may affect the air pressure within a tire. It is the responsibility of the driver to ensure that the tires are inspected before hitting the road
Tire wear is another common reason for tire blowouts. Worn-out tires have fewer treads to keep them on the road and enable the effective braking of the vehicle, which makes the tires all the more dangerous. What’s more, worn-out tires can blow out unexpectedly making it next to impossible for the truck driver to control the truck. When a truck is travelling at a high speed, more heat is created on the tires. In addition, travelling in hot weather increases the heat of the tires. The increased heat significantly impacts the condition of the tires and can cause the tires to blow out at any time.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration(FMCSA) governs truck tire compliance, safety, and accountability. Numerous rules have been established in regards to truck tire safety. In general, trucks shouldn’t be operated if the tires are not correctly inflated, have worn-out treads, or have damaged tires. The tire tread should always be at the minimum depth for the kind of vehicle. In case the tires’ conditions are don’t meet the stipulated requirements, then the truck must be taken out of service until the required repairs are done.
Loss of Control after a Tire Blowout
Never mistake a tire blowout for a flat tire. Consider the fact that a truck can weigh over 80,000 pounds and if it is travelling at 55 mph or more, then the risk of losing control of the truck is significantly increased. In the event of a tire blow out, there is usually a sudden shift in the motion of the vehicle and the possible shift of the cargo inside. This rapid change in force means that the truck will be suddenly lunged in one side and the driver loses all control over the trajectory of the vehicle.
In some cases, the driver might be lucky enough to get the truck back in control and eventually bring it to a halt safely at the side of the road. However, often, tire blowouts will cause the truck to swerve sharply onto other traffic lanes. To compensate for the change in force, the driver may try to quickly steer the truck in the different direction compounding onto the problem. Depending on the circumstances, the truck may end up crashing into other vehicles, overturning, or swerving off the embankment.
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No matter how the accident happened, collisions involving trucks can be very dangerous and can lead to catastrophic injuries and even fatalities. In case you sustained injuries in a truck crash, then we can enable you to get the compensation that you are entitled to. Get in touch with The Trucking Lawyers to get a no-obligation consultation – call (855) 396-3926.