Semi-trucks are dependent on their tires to work properly perhaps more
than any other vehicles on the road. With as many as 18 wheels rolling
along simultaneously, big rigs are also the most prone to a blowout. While
they may be able to survive and continue traveling on a blowout better
than a vehicle with only four tires, they could also potentially face
devastating consequences should one happen. A blowout can cause a semi-truck
to lose control, resulting in jackknifing, overturns, and collisions with
terrain or other vehicles.
If you were involved in a trucking accident that was caused by a tire blowout,
it’s important to know why the blowout may have occurred. Here are
the top three reasons why tires can explode, resulting in potential injury.
Commercial trucks register a lot of miles, so the tires they use will also
accumulate those miles at a rapid pace. Trucks regularly receive inspections
for many things, including tire condition, and they must replace these
tires fairly frequently to operate as safely as possible. However, sometimes
inspections fail to notice some significant wear on a particular tire
or the truck’s operator or owner may choose to forego maintenance
on a seemingly “less risky” tire in order to maximize profits.
When a tire’s tread goes low or begins to bald, the risk of a blowout
increases with each mile driven. Therefore, if a blowout occurs, your
attorney will likely request to see the tire and check the maintenance
level to see if it was in fact well beyond its service life.
The air pressure level in a trucks’ tires are crucial to its operation
as well. Truck tires require a lot of air pressure to be able to withstand
the immense weight of their payload. This means truck tires are designed
to operate within a particular range of air pressure, and straying outside
this pressure can be risky. Too much pressure means the tire itself could
explode like a balloon at any moment, even more so as it travels over
the bumps and cracks along our roads. Too little pressure and the tire
may not be able to withstand the pressure of the weight it’s carrying,
resulting in an explosion. Truck operators should regularly inspect and
adjust tires as necessary to prevent a blowout.
Sometimes an explosion can’t be helped. Despite best efforts to ensure
proper maintenance and inflation, a nail or screw in the road, sharp bump,
or even a large rock could put a hole in a tire. While a slow leak is
one thing, hitting a tire just right could cause pressure to leak out
quickly, causing the tire to quickly deflate or explode from the pressure
release. These accidents are unavoidable in many cases, however that doesn’t
mean you can’t still collect compensation should you ever be injured
by a tire that explodes in these cases; truck operators are still liable
for damage they cause, regardless of whether it was due to negligence.
If you have been injured in a trucking accident,
Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP may be able to help! We are proud of our long and distinguished track
record of success, including more than 150 cases with more than $1 million
in compensation recovered for our clients. Our New York City truck accident
attorneys understand how devastating injuries from one of these incidents
can be, and we work hard to help you recover the compensation you need
to recover and bring your life back as close to normal as possible.
Discuss your case with our attorneys, starting with a free consultation!
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