Truck Tire Blowouts Pose Dangers To Drivers
Tire blowouts on vehicles traveling on roads and highways are always a cause of serious concern, as they often result in dangerous swerving and loss of control of the vehicle, A blowout is particularly dangerous when it occurs on a semi tractor truck or other big rig. The size, weight, and bulk of these vehicles make truck accidents more likely, while the size of the tires involved and the debris a blowout leaves on the road can easily result in traffic collisions.
Trucking Accidents Due To Tire Blowouts
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) states that truck accidents are complex events which often involve multiple factors. These include:
- Driver decision making errors;
- Driver performance errors;
- Vehicle performance errors;
- Vehicle system malfunctions;
- Vehicle maintenance issues.
In studies of more than 140,000 truck accidents which occurred throughout the United States over a three year period, vehicle maintenance issues were a critical factor in ten percent of accidents. When this occurs, other factors such as vehicle and driver performance and decision making become an issue, and often play a role in the severity of the accident.
Get Serious About Driving Dangers
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that tire malfunctions and blowouts are a common concern in the trucking industry. Routine wear and tear from traveling thousands of miles combined with improper inflation and the heavy weights being supported can result in bulging, cracking, and areas of worn tread that cause these tires to suddenly burst or fall apart while in transit.
This causes a sudden loss of control in the truck itself, and how a driver responds in this situation can make all the difference in preventing an accident. Panicking, overcompensating in response to swerving, and oversteering all make collisions with other vehicles more likely. Even if a driver responds properly, the impact of a truck tire blowout on other motorists and the presence of debris on the road can cause drivers to suddenly swerve into oncoming traffic, making secondary accidents common.
Depending on the situation, both the truck driver and the trucking company may be held liable for any injuries or damages that occur as a result. Damages you may be entitled to claim include:
- Medical expenses, including estimated costs for ongoing or future care;
- Lost wages, and future losses in earnings or benefits due to your injuries;
- Property damages, including the costs to repair or replace your vehicle;
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish, due to the accident or your injuries;
- Punitive damages, which is additional compensation due to particularly negligent conduct on the part of the truck driver or trucking company.
If you or someone you love has been injured in this type of accident, Gregg Wexler is here to help. We provide the professional legal representation you need to ensure your rights and interests are protected, so you can get the compensation you need to recover. Call or contact the Wexler Law Firm, P.A. online today to request a free consultation in our West Palm Beach office.