Anyone could inadvertently purchase a defective tire and experience a blowout. However, when the blowout is a semi-truck tire, the results are more catastrophic than in smaller vehicles. It is estimated that about six percent of the collisions involving large trucks result from tire problems. If you or someone you care about has been seriously injured in an incident with a semi-truck, tire issues could be a potentially serious culprit.
We know you need help figuring out who was responsible, and the experienced truck accident lawyers at Laird Hammons Laird are eager to fight for your interests. Did a tire fall off a truck or was there a blowout? Call us and we’ll discover who is at fault and responsible for your injuries; we’re here to assist in getting your life back on track.
Why Does Tire Failure Happen? With 18 wheels, trucks have more than four times as many tires as a regular passenger vehicle. Meaning semi-trucks simply have more chances of tire failure. The most common reasons for tire failure fall into five main categories.
Improper Tire Usage
The most common issue with improper usage happens when tires aren’t properly inflated. Tires are made to function at a specific internal pressure, and if they aren’t inflated to that pressure, the structural integrity of the tire is compromised. Often tires are under-inflated or trucks are over-loaded with weight the tires aren’t equipped to handle. These are common causes of truck tire blow-outs.
When something as large as a semi-truck gets moving, changing the direction of that much weight is dangerous. Tires are often damaged by potholes and poor road conditions. In addition, tires are sometimes damaged by debris in the roadway dropped from other vehicles or left by storms. Even if the tires are in good condition, road hazards can cause severe damage to a tire and cause truck drivers to lose control of the vehicle.
Anytime there is maintenance done on or with tires, there is the possibility of damage or improper repair. Improper repairs that occur when retreading tires can cause problems, as well as damage done when the tires are mounted or removed from the vehicle. Drivers and companies who let tires get worn out or busted without proper repair could be liable for the accident. Tires that fly off of a truck when improperly maintained can become high-speed destructive objects on the highway, endangering the lives of many.
It is possible for a tire to come straight from the factory or processing with a flaw built into it. Any damage to the tire before it gets to the truck can be considered damage done during manufacturing or processing.
Tires are known to fail during seasons of excessive heat. The friction, high-speeds, corners, and frequent braking when the surface temperature of the road is high can cause more frequent tire failure. Avoiding driving during the hottest periods will help reduce this risk.
Who is Responsible for Tire Damage?
To know who is responsible, you must be able to determine what happened to cause the accident. Without experienced help and an investigation, you may be unable to find the answers. Don’t hesitate to call our lawyers–we’re experts and we know how to discover the truth. Some commonly responsible parties are:
Contact us for the Help You Need
The most important thing after a truck-related collision or injury is getting the help you need. Your priorities are your health and the well-being of your life and family. That is the priority of everyone at Laird Hammons Laird as well. We are here to use our expertise to find out who is responsible and hold them accountable. If you have questions following an accident with a semi-truck or 18-wheeler, check out our Trucking Accident F.A.Q. for more information.
If you or your loved ones have been injured, don’t hesitate to contact us today.