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Tire problems might contribute to truck crashes

On Behalf of | Jun 6, 2022 | Truck Accidents

One of the greatest fears many commuters have involves worries about a collision with a semi-truck. The massive size of a truck could annihilate a smaller vehicle, and many fatal accidents in Texas involve crashes caused by negligent truck drivers. Not every truck collision involves speeding or drunk driving, though. Tire blowouts might play a role in the crash.

Tire troubles a truck accidents

The tires on tractor-trailers are massive, and they may experience a great deal of wear and tear. Tires only last for so many years and miles, but some drivers may insist on traveling even when the rubber and treads are terribly worn out. Truckers and trucking companies may wish to save money by not replacing the tires or putting off the inspection and replacement dates. However, at some point, the tires’ rubber may tear apart in a blowout.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) points out that accidents caused by tire problems reach upwards of 11,000 annually. Tire explosions aren’t the only causes of accidents. Even if the tire doesn’t blow out, the treads could be so worn they can’t handle poor weather conditions. Either way, driving on worn or poorly maintained tires may reflect negligence.

Negligence and tire problems

Drivers and their employers have a responsibility to help prevent truck accidents. Taking proper care of a truck and its various components contributes to safety. Not replacing worn tires may reflect significant negligence, especially if the tires’ condition plays a role in the crash.

A truck driver and the trucking company could carry enough insurance to settle a liability claim. Sometimes, liability claims may extend to any third-party liable for the accident, such as a tire company that sells defective products.

A lawsuit could also serve as a way to receive compensation. Litigation may be unavoidable when the insurance limits are too law and the liable party has sufficient assets.