When a truck tire suddenly ruptures or bursts in a tire blowout wreck, the truck driver could lose control and jackknife across lanes of traffic or leave tire shreds strewn across a highway or roadway in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. These tragic accidents happen for a number of reasons. If you are injured by a tire blowout, you want to be compensated for your injuries. However, determining who the responsible parties are may not be as black and white as you imagine.
Who Is Liable in a Truck Tire Blowout Accident?
Some of the reasons these accidents happen include lack of truck maintenance, improper loading, defective tires, or negligent inspection of the tires. The precise reason for your collision will determine the parties you pursue a claim against. In addition, there could be more than one party to blame. Here are some of the potentially responsible parties in these cases:
- Truck driver. Truckers are required to conduct a pre-trip and post-trip inspection of the truck, including the tires, under federal regulations. They are not allowed to drive trucks with repair issues that may result in the truck breaking down or causing a crash. The truck driver may have violated these rules or could have noticed the low or defective tire while on the trip and chosen to drive anyway.
- Trucking company. The trucking company has its own federal regulations that it must follow in regards to inspection and maintenance of a truck and its tires. These rules could have been broken in your case. In addition, the trucking company may be vicariously liable for the truck driver’s negligent actions.
- Maintenance company. Some trucking companies contract with a maintenance facility to perform maintenance of their trucks. If the trucking company in your case did this and lack of truck maintenance was the cause of your injuries, the maintenance company could face liability.
- Shipper. If the cargo was improperly loaded or secured by the shipper or another company other than the trucking company, this party could be responsible for compensating you.
- Tire manufacturer. If the tire was defective, you may also have a claim against the tire manufacturer. Tire tread and belt adhesion separation problems are common defects that have resulted in tire recalls.
Determining who the liable parties are following a truck accident is never easy. The experienced legal team at the Hart Law Firm is here to investigate your wreck and identify all parties you can pursue claims against. Call our office today to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation to learn why we’re the right attorneys for your case.