First Thing's First
Before truckers even set foot in the driver's seat, they must perform a pre-trip inspection as required by the Department of Transportation in 49 CFR § 392.9. During the pre-trip inspection, drivers are supposed to check that the brakes, the steering mechanism, lights, reflectors and tires are in proper working order. It's done for the safety of the driver as well as others on the road.
Tire examination is one of the most important parts of this pre-trip inspection - doing so can prevent tire blowouts and serious accidents. Unfortunately, many truckers skip their pre-trip inspection or only perform it on occasion, thinking, "It was fine a few days ago. What could have changed?"
When a trucker ignores their inspection duties, they're putting themselves and everyone around them at risk. Preventable tire blowouts are one of the leading causes of truck accidents, and 18-wheeler drivers must be held accountable for any accident injuries that occur due to their negligence.
What Causes Semi-Truck Tire to Blow?
There are many reasons that tire blowouts can occur, and several of those reasons may not appear to be obvious at first, but after analyzing records from the trucking company and the tire manufacturer, these reasons almost openly show that a problem existed with the tire, including:
- Failure to conduct routine tire inspections and maintenance
- Tread separation
- Defective tires
- Under or over inflation of tires
Many trucking companies avoid to spend extra money on returning tires from their distributors, so often times they ignore the problem or shrug it off as if nothing will happen if the problem is fixed. However, as many tire blowout accidents show, many of the simple problems that may have been fixed create greater problems in the form of multiple car accidents. This is why accident victims should not take tire blowout accidents lightly; if it happened to one driver, it can happen to another innocent driver.
It is important to note that it is not the tire blowout itself that can (and have) caused car accidents: it is what happens after the tire blowout takes places that places others at risk. For example, if a truck driving is driving down a heavily trafficked highway during rush hour. If just one of the truck's tires explodes, then there is a potential for disastrous accidents to take place: the tire explodes, becomes lose, strikes another car, the car hits another car, and so on. Or take another scenario as an example: a truck's tire pops, becomes loose, and causes the truck to become out of control. The truck's lack of stability causes the truck to strike other cars, which creates many injuries.
This is why a truck driver must thoroughly inspect the truck's tires: to ensure that every single one of the tires are in adequate levels and in top conditions to function. Truck drivers know how important it is for them to do their routine checks and they also know that failure to do so would mean to place others in danger. If a truck driver failed to perform their pre-trip inspection, or if they identified a problem with their tires but failed to take proper measures to either repair the problem or call for assistance, then they and their trucking company can be held liable for any injuries and property damage that is resulted from an accident.
I Was in a Tire Blowout Wreck. Could It Have Been Prevented?
The most probable and likely answer is yes. Truck drivers are specifically trained to make pre-trip inspections and ensure that every piece of their equipment is ready for the road. Whether it was the manufacturing company that created the tires, the distributing company that damaged the tires on their way to a buyer, the mechanics that installed the tires, or the trucking company that allowed for tires with malfunctions to be installed, the wreck could have been avoided. At the Anderson Law Firm, we know that tire accidents don't happen without a reason, and we know exactly how to prove it with evidence, records, and witness testimonies. Also, we know that the legal process surrounding filing a lawsuit can be confusing and even irritating, which is why we handle the entire process.
Trucking companies and 18-wheeler drivers owe it to their road companions to follow the rules and conduct a pre-trip inspection of their tractor trailers. Tire blowouts don't often occur out of thin air - they're usually caused by a detectable problem, like under or over inflated tires or tread separation.
Hurt in a Tire Blowout Accident?
If you've been injured in an accident caused by a commercial truck's blown out tire, you have the right to pursue compensation for your damages and injuries - both current ones and those you may experience for years down the line. This may include, but is not limited to, obtaining compensation for medical expenses associated with the accident, lost wages because of time taking off work to deal with the accident, and property damage as a result of the wreck. Contact the Anderson Law Firm today for a free, no obligation compensation where our attorneys and legal team can discuss with you your legal rights as a victim of a car accident. For more questions, call us today at 817-717-4731 where a member of our team will be more than happy to answer any of your questions and concerns.