What Causes Tire Blowouts?
Tire blowouts are an extremely common occurrence, and they are dangerous for any vehicle. However, tire blowouts are even more dangerous for commercial trucks because of their large size. Trucks also carry a large amount of cargo, which can make a tire blowout even more dangerous. Poor weather conditions, under-inflation, long-distance driving and inadequate maintenance are some of the things that can cause a tire blowout. If you or a loved one was involved in a commercial truck accident it is important that you contact an experienced truck accident attorney.
Who can be Held Responsible for a Commercial Truck Tire Blowout?
- The Trucker
There are several things that truckers are supposed to do before they hit the road. They will have to make sure that the truck receives the proper maintenance. The truck’s tires, mirror, reflectors, steering and loads are some of the things that will need to be inspected. General maintenance should also be performed before the trucker hits the road.
If a tire blowout occurs and the trucker did not perform the proper maintenance, then they can be held responsible. However, the trucking company will have to pay for any damages that the tire blowout causes.
- The Maintenance Company
In many cases, the trucker will not be held responsible for the tire blowout. A tire blowout can sometimes be caused by negligence of the maintenance company. More trucking companies are hiring third-parties to take care of the maintenance. If a company hires a third-party, then they need to make sure that they hire a reputable company.
The technicians should have received the proper training from the Tire Industry Association. The company should also comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards. If untrained technicians worked on the truck, then the maintenance company may be held responsible. They may have to pay for your medical bills, lost wages and other expenses that you incur due to the accident.
- The Tire Manufacturer
In some cases, neither the maintenance company nor the trucker is responsible for a tire blow out. The tire manufacturer may be held responsible for the tire blow out. It can be difficult to see whether the tire has a defect because it may look fine. Many people do not realize that there is a problem until the tire blows out.
In order for the manufacturer to be held responsible, the person has to be able to prove that the tire blew out because it was defective. They also have to prove that the company knew that the tire was defective, and they did nothing about.
Why A Tire Blowout is Dangerous
If a tire blows out, then the commercial truck will be steered in the direction of the blown out tire. This can make it difficult for the driver to maneuver the truck, and it can easily lead to a collision. If a person does attempt to control a truck, then they may end up flipping over.
The truck is even more likely to flip over or crash if it is carrying heavy cargo. This accident can create major problems for other drivers, pedestrians and passengers.
Reasons to Call A Truck Accident Attorney
It can be difficult for you to determine who is at fault for the accident. That is why it is important for you to hire a truck accident attorney. Your attorney will determine who is at fault by thoroughly-investigating your case.
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