While truck driver error causes many truck wrecks, lack of truck maintenance is also a leading cause of collisions. Tire defects are a major culprit, as are brake failures. When trucks are driven with defective tires, the result can be a deadly truck blowout wreck where the trucker loses control of his truck and crashes into other motor vehicles. This can quickly escalate into a multi-vehicle crash as other drivers try to swerve out of the way of the crash and the shredded tire rubber strewn across the roadway.
What Are the Causes of Truck Blowout Wrecks?
A truck blowout occurs when the truck tire explodes or ruptures while the truck is being driven, often at high speeds, which can make the aftermath even more deadly. Some common reasons tire blowouts occur include:
- Defective tires. Sometimes truck manufacturers produce defective tires that may be recalled. When trucking companies fail to replace these tires, a truck blowout can be the result.
- Lack of maintenance. Truck tire blowouts are often caused when trucking companies fail to maintain, repair, and replace their truck tires. Common maintenance issues include overinflating or underinflating the tires, using tires that fail to meet the Department of Transportation tread depth requirements, and using mismatched tires or ones with different wear.
- Improper loading. If the truck load is over weight, this can put extra strain on the tires and cause one of them to explode or tear.
- Lack of inspections. Truckers are required to conduct pre-trip and post-trip inspections of their trucks—including the tires. When truck drivers fail to conduct these inspections or ignore problems with the tires, the result can be a catastrophic tire blowout wreck.
Lack of maintenance and inspections is a clear violation of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rules governing truck companies and truck drivers. In addition, it is a violation of these regulations to drive a truck with a maintenance problem that is likely to cause a wreck or a truck breakdown. This rule is routinely violated when the trucking company allows the trucker to drive a truck with defective tires in need of repair or replacement.
If you or a family member was injured due to a truck blowout, you may be able to hold the trucking company and truck driver responsible for compensating you for your injuries. However, you will need an experienced truck wreck attorney who understands the federal regulations and other unique issues in these types of cases. Contact us online or call us directly at 817.380.4888 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to learn about your legal options and the compensation you could be entitled to.