A tire blowout always has the potential to be hazardous, but the consequences can be catastrophic for anyone nearby when a commercial truck tire blows out. In some truck tire blowouts, the noise or flying debris could distract other drivers and cause an accident. Or, the truck driver could lose control and crash into other vehicles. Whatever the specifics, a truck tire blowout accident can cause severe or fatal injuries to nearby drivers and passengers.
Our truck tire blowout accident attorneys at Nix Patterson understand the dangers of these accidents. We have decades of combined experience holding truck drivers and their employers accountable for their negligence.
A truck tire blowout accident happens when a tire blows, and the truck driver or other drivers lose control of their vehicles. Modern truck tires are more reliable, and blowouts are less common. However, blowouts still occur, and when they do, there can be serious accidents. It’s estimated that hundreds of auto accident deaths are related to tire blowouts every year.
A semi-truck tire blowout can happen for many reasons. Some of the most common factors in these mishaps are:
When a truck tire blows, it can be challenging for the driver to control his rig. However, that is only one danger of the blowout. Rubber shards may fly all over the road and other vehicles when the tire goes. This spray of rubber debris can cause an accident by itself. Even worse, the truck could roll because of the blowout or because the driver jerks the steering wheel to compensate.
The reason the tire blew out will dictate who you should sue for damages. For instance, if the tire blowout happened because the tires were worn, you could sue the driver and his employer. Or, if the investigation shows the tire was defective, there could be a claim against the tire manufacturer.
One or more parties can be liable for a truck tire blowout accident. For instance, the tire manufacturer may be liable if a manufacturing defect caused the accident. The trucker and trucking company could be responsible for not changing old tires or checking tire pressure.
Truck maintenance companies also could be faulted for failing to change or maintain the tires, leading to a severe truck accident. They could inflate the tires to the incorrect pressure. Additionally, shippers and loaders could be at fault if they overloaded the trailer.
Finally, when a pothole or road hazard caused the blowout, a government entity could be held responsible for the accident.
Truck drivers are required by state and federal law to drive safely and be cautious when on the road. If a truck driver has a blowout because of an object in the road, they would not be found liable in an unavoidable accident.
But if the truck driver slams on the brakes and veers into another lane, he is likely violating his duty of care and could be found liable. Other responsibilities the truck driver has are:
Tractor-trailer blowouts happen daily, but fortunately, most do not cause accidents. However, when there is an accident, other vehicle occupants can suffer severe and traumatic injuries, such as:
A tire blowout can be scary for anyone, including truck drivers. The ride could be comfortable and smooth, then suddenly, the tire blows, and the rig veers to the left or right. At that moment, there are critical steps to follow to avoid a serious truck accident:
Being in a truck tire blowout accident can be terrifying. If you were injured, you could be entitled to compensation in a lawsuit. The team at Nix Patterson has a strong record of settlements and favorable verdicts in truck accident cases, so we can help. Contact our truck tire blowout accident attorneys today.
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