The truck in front me had a blowout, and I crashed when a huge piece of tire tread hit my car. Is the truck driver liable for my injuries?
We regularly see large pieces of tire tread off on the side of the road. Sometimes, a major blowout can cause a truck to crash, injuring dozens of others in the process. Other times, the blown tire does not cause the truck to lose control, but the debris can pose a hazard to other cars on the roadway.
It can be challenging to determine where liability lies when it comes to tire blowouts. Even the most cautious driver may have experienced a tire blowout in his own car when a nail or other puncture went unnoticed. When it comes to commercial vehicles, however, the standards are different, and a blowout is a good sign that someone may have been negligent.
Truck Drivers Are Responsible for Inspecting the Tires
Tractor-trailers are expected to drive hundreds of miles each day, often with heavy loads. This can put a lot of stress on the tires, brakes, and axles of a truck, and it is imperative that the truck is maintained regularly and inspected frequently.
Truck drivers are required to frequently check the inflation, tread depth and quality, and mileage on each particular set of tires, addressing the problems they find head-on. If the trailer has been overloaded or other adverse conditions exist that the tires cannot safely operate under, it is the responsibility of the driver to fix the problem prior to continuing his trip.
A negligent trucker, trucking company, or even the tire manufacturer may have caused the tire blowout you encountered. If this is the case, you may be entitled to compensation for the injuries you suffered. We would be happy to discuss your case with you and get to the bottom of what caused the tire blowout—just click on the live chat box on this page to get in touch with us today.