Tire blowouts are one of the leading causes of vehicle accidents, and they can happen to anyone at any time. When a tire blows out, it can cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle, leading to a potentially dangerous or even fatal accident.
The law firm of Penn Kestner & McEwen has a great deal of experience helping people injured in accidents caused by a tire blowout. If you would like to learn more about what we can do for you, please call us at (800) 732-3070 or use our online contact form to schedule a free evaluation of your case.
What is a Tire Blowout?
Tires blow out when they experience a sudden loss of air pressure and explode. This can obviously be dangerous when it happens to any vehicle, but it’s especially dangerous when it happens on a huge commercial truck.
Tire Blowout Statistics
Common Causes of Semi-Truck Tire Blowouts
Semi-trucks are particularly susceptible to tire blowouts due to the size and weight of the vehicles. Common causes of semi-truck tire blowouts include:
- Overloading: Companies will sometimes negligently load semi-trucks, putting far too much stress on tires and increasing the risk of a blowout.
- Poor maintenance: Trucking companies often fail to maintain tires as they should, placing profits over safety. When a tire fails due to this failure, victims and their families can sue the trucking company.
- Underinflation: Tires that don’t have enough air go through great stress, making the chances of a blowout much more likely.
- Overinflation: The opposite is true as well. When a tire has too much air, it could easily fail.
- Potholes: Commercial trucks weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. If they hit a deep pothole at a high rate of speed, that could cause multiple tires to explode.
- Road debris: When a semi-truck hits road debris, such as nails or glass, it can cause severe damage to the tire, leading to a blowout.
Injuries Caused by Tire Blowouts
A tire blowout can cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle, leading to a potentially dangerous or even fatal accident. Injuries caused by blowouts can include:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Who’s Liable for an Accident Caused by Tire Blowouts?
Liability can be a complex issue when a tire blowout causes an accident. Liability can depend on a variety of factors, including the following:
- The cause of the blowout: If the blowout occurred due to poor maintenance or overloading, the trucking company could face liability.
- The driver’s actions: The driver of the other vehicle could be liable if they were speeding or driving recklessly.
- Third-party liability: If a third party caused the blowout, such as a manufacturer defect or a negligent repair shop, that party might be liable.
Determining liability in a tire blowout accident can be complicated, and it’s essential to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to evaluate your case.
How to File a Lawsuit Against a Third Party
If a third party, such as a manufacturer or repair shop, is responsible for the tire blowout, you may be able to file a lawsuit against them to recover damages. To file a lawsuit, you will need to:
- Consult with an attorney: An attorney can evaluate your case and advise you on the best course of action.
- Gather evidence: Your lawyer will investigate the accident to gather evidence to support your case, including police reports, witness statements, and any documentation related to the tire and vehicle maintenance.
- File a complaint: They’ll then file a complaint with the court, outlining the details of the accident and the damages you are seeking.
- Go through the discovery process: The discovery process is where both sides exchange information and evidence related to the case.
- Attend mediation or settlement conferences: If both sides are willing, you may be able to settle the case outside of court.
- Go to trial: If your attorney and the defendant’s insurance company can’t settle, the case will go to trial, and a jury will decide the outcome.
Recovering Your Damages After a Tire Blowout Accident
If you are involved in a tire blowout accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages, such as:
- Medical expenses: You may be able to recover the cost of your medical expenses related to the accident.
- Lost wages: If you can’t work due to your injuries, you may be able to recover the wages you lost.
- Pain and suffering: You may be able to obtain compensation for the pain and suffering you experienced due to the accident.
- Property damage: You may also be eligible for money to cover the cost of repairs or replacement.
- Wrongful death: If a loved one was killed in a tire blowout accident, you might be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf.
If you’ve been involved in a tire blowout accident, it’s essential to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to evaluate your case and determine your options for recovering damages. Hiring a skilled lawyer will provide you with the best possible opportunity to earn the compensation you deserve.
Contact Penn Kestner & McEwen
The attorneys with Penn Kestner & McEwen have a long track record of success representing clients injured in accidents caused by defective tires. If you choose our law firm, we’ll investigate the accident and determine whether a defect caused the accident or if there are other liable parties to blame. These could include negligent motorists, truck drivers, and others.
You must hire a lawyer as soon as possible to begin the investigation. If you wait too long, critical evidence could disappear for good. Please don’t let that happen.