Blown tires can create a hazardous and dangerous situation for everyone on the road. Because of the size of commercial vehicles, the tires are much larger and are under much more pressure from the weight of the truck compared to tires on a passenger vehicle. While many people are familiar with the dangers of large truck accidents, they may not be aware of the dangers of blown tire accidents with large trucks.
How Do Blown Tires Cause Traffic Accidents?
A blown truck tire can cause a traffic accident in one of several different ways. Truck tires have a great deal of pressure; therefore, when the tire blows, it can cause the truck to become unstable. There are 17 other tires to help support the truck; however, the driver may not be able to keep the vehicle from swerving into traffic or turning over. Regardless of whether the truck flips over or just moves into oncoming traffic, the resulting crash can be catastrophic for other drivers and passengers on the road.
Another way a blown tire from a large truck can cause an accident is by causing road debris. Even if the truck driver does not lose control of the vehicle, the debris of the blown tire can scatter over the entire causing other drivers to crash. Commercial trucks on interstates are traveling at high rates of speed. A chunk of tire flying from underneath a truck can strike a vehicle causing a severe accident.
Liability in a Blown Tire Truck Accident
When a blown tire causes an accident, one or more parties could be held liable for the damages resulting from the crash. Our California truck accident attorney investigates the collision to determine the cause of the accident to help identify the liable party or parties. Examples of parties that might have some liability in a blown tire truck accident include:
- Trucking Company — The truck company has a responsibility to maintain the trucks, including inspecting the tires and changing tires when necessary to keep the tires in good operating condition.
- Truck Drivers — Truck drivers should inspect the vehicle while on the road. If a driver overinflates a tire or does not take care of a tire that is obviously damaged, the driver could also be held liable.
- Tire Manufacturers — When a tire is defective, the manufacturer could be held liable if the defect was the cause of the crash.
- Other Parties — Other parties could be liable such as road construction crews, state agencies, repair shops, etc.
It is your attorney’s job to identify all parties that could be responsible for your injuries to maximize the amount of money you can receive for your claim. Our experienced truck accident attorneys have the experience, resources, and skills to handle commercial truck accident claims effectively and efficiently.
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