Truck Accidents Caused by Tire Failure
Tire failure is a common cause of semi-truck accidents in Georgia and across the country. In some cases, tire blow-outs are due to a truck driver’s failure to properly inspect the vehicle’s tire tread and make necessary repairs. A trucking company may also be responsible and liable for this type of negligent maintenance.
Causes of Tractor-trailer Tire Failure
Truck drivers need to pay special attention to their trucks’ tires before they start a job, whether they are driving a long distance or making a short trip in an urban area. When tires are not properly inspected, the following tire failures can cause serious and even fatal accidents:
- Tire blowouts
- Underinflated tires
- Tread detachment
- Burnt treads
- Overheated tires
- Bent rims
The most common tire failures that cause accidents are tread detachments. When tread separates from a tire, it is generally left in driving lanes, creating a hazard for motorists. Hitting tire debris from a semi-truck at a high speed can severely damage a car’s suspension, and cause the vehicle to veer off into another lane. If a motorist swerves to avoid hitting tire debris, he or she may collide with another car or truck.
Possible causes of tread detachment or separation include:
- Excessive speed
- Unrepaired tires
- Repair defects
- Driving on old tires
- Driving on mismatched tires
- An overload of cargo
- Hitting a curb or pothole
- Emergency stopping
Any of these driver behaviors or common maintenance mistakes could result in tire failure and a catastrophic accident. Often, more than one factor may have contributed to an accident. Likewise, more than one person or entity may have had a hand in creating the dangerous situation, from the truck driver to the trucking company to a tire manufacturer or tire repair shop. Therefore, it’s always best to have a skilled truck accident lawyer working on your case who can investigate thoroughly and identify all potentially liable parties and accident causes.
Contact Serious Semi-truck Accident Attorneys
If you have been involved in a semi-truck accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at Henry Spiegel Milling LLP in Atlanta. We know how to handle truck accident cases, from determining the cause of an accident to dealing with insurance companies. To schedule a free initial consultation during which you can discuss the facts of your case and your resulting injuries, call (404) 832-8000. You pay no attorneys’ fee unless we resolve your case via settlement or verdict.