Tire Failure Truck Accidents

Truck Accident Lawyer

When it comes to truck accidents, even the smallest collision can be deadly. If you’ve ever stood next to a semi-truck, you know just how big they are. Standing 13 feet high with an average weight of 80,000 lbs., the common sedan doesn’t stand a chance in a truck-auto accident. As a result, most collisions with semi-trucks result in fatalities.

Tire Failure Accidents

While most truck accidents are attributed to driver error, a large number of  truck accidents are due to mechanical failures in the truck itself. Tire failure on a large truck with 18 tires can be catastrophic and can occur for a variety of reasons:

  • Old Tires
  • Defective Tires
  • Bald Tires
  • Overheated Tires
  • Improperly Inflated Tires
  • Wrong Type of Tire
  • Truck load is too heavy
  • Excessive Speed

Common Reasons for Tire Failure

Defective Design/Manufacturing. A tire may be defective in design, or may have been incorrectly manufactured, before it is even installed on the truck. If that is the case, the tire company may be held liable to anyone injured as a result of their defective tires.

Failure to Maintain Tires. The trucking company has on obligation to properly maintain the tires of their trucks. Proper maintenance includes regular tests, inspections, and repairs.

Driver Failure to Inspect. As a final safety check, truck drivers have on obligation to perform pre-trip inspections of the truck, including the tires. Failure to properly perform a pre-trip inspection can lead to tire failure, among other mechanical failures, and cause an accident.

Truck Accidents

Despite best efforts to drive safely, large truck accidents do happen. Unfortunately, truck accidents are often large, multi-vehicle accidents. Injuries may range from minor bumps and bruises to serious injury, including wrongful death. Unlike regular car accident cases in which there may be only 2 parties, truck accident lawsuits can become very complicated very quickly. Beside the driver, there is also the trucking company and potentially the tire manufacturer who may be party to the lawsuit.

Hire an Attorney

If you or a loved one have been injured by a large truck, be sure to hire an attorney. Find a lawyer with extensive experience securing the maximum fair compensation in auto accident cases. When you hire an experienced truck accident lawyer Central Phoenix, AZ offers, you can feel comfortable knowing that the attorney and their legal staff understand the laws and nuances of such a case. If you’ve been injured in a trucking accident, you might be eligible to carry out legal action against the driver or truck company.

 


 

Thank you to our friends and contributors at the law offices of Kamper Estrada, LLP for their insight into personal injury claims and truck accidents.