Commercial trucks play an important role in running the economy, but they carry a high amount of risk both to themselves and to those who they share the road with. A commercial truck is exponentially larger than a regular passenger vehicle, which means they weigh thousands of pounds more. This extra weight means these vehicles depend on all of their mechanical parts to be in good, working condition, perhaps most importantly the tires.
While commercial truck tires are designed to be some of the heaviest-duty tires out there, trucks still suffer from blowouts a lot more often than you might think. Because these tires are usually kept at a tremendously high air pressure (usually between 80-110 PSI), the chances of a blowout are also quite high, and blowouts could lead to serious injuries due to blowback, flying debris, or the truck itself losing control and slamming into other vehicles.
What Causes Tire Blowout?
Most people have either witnessed or experienced a tire blowout at some point. Fortunately for most people, these blowouts usually occur at low speeds, which makes them more of an inconvenience than a disaster. However, for commercial trucks, which are usually traveling at a somewhat-high rate of speed on highways, these blowouts can become devastating in a matter of mere moments. When a tire blows out at high speeds, it can be extremely difficult to maintain control over a vehicle, and trucks frequently start to sway and weave, leading to loss of control, jackknifing, or even rollover accidents.
Tire blowouts can be caused by many different things, including punctures to the tire, improper inflation, poor maintenance, tire wear and tear, or even tire delamination.
Tires are built to be extremely tough, however, the connection between the tread and the sidewall on a tire is naturally a weaker spot that is subject to a lot of pressure. On commercial trucks and large vehicles, tires can separate at this point, leading to rapid, sudden deflation. This usually happens at lower speeds, such as when a truck is braking or accelerating, however, it can happen without warning. Often times this is result of a manufacturing defect, which means the tire manufacturer could be held responsible for the damages the accident might cause.If you have been injured in a commercial truck accident caused by a tire blowout, you should not hesitate to discuss your legal options with a Martin County truck accident attorney. Call Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC today at (866) 675-4427 and let us help you protect your rights and obtain the compensation you deserve!