When tire chunks hit a vehicle, they usually bounce off the windshield or another area of the car. In some cases, flying tire tread can startle drivers, causing them to swerve into another lane and cause an accident. However, this is not usually the norm. Typically, the most damage tire tread causes a motorist is minor vehicle damage.
However, when motorcyclists encounter tire tread, it is quite a different story, especially if the tire chunk came from a semi-truck’s large tire. Tire pieces that have come off of a blown tire can fly up and hit a motorcyclist and his bike. Although some tire pieces are small, others can be large and be extremely dangerous for motorcyclists.
When a tire blows and sends tire chunks airborne, the force can be so severe that it may knock a motorcyclist off his bike. If it doesn’t knock the motorcyclist off of his bike, it may very well force him to:
- swerve into another lane and crash
- stop suddenly, causing another car to rear-end his bike
- lose control and cause a Sarasota motorcycle accident
Although this type of accident doesn’t happen every day, it does occur more than it should. All it takes is one tractor-trailer to blow its tire while a motorcyclist is riding near or behind the truck to make this dangerous situation a very real concern for a motorcyclist.
Although tires are made of rubber and do not seem too dangerous, they can be extremely dangerous when a motorcycle is hit by flying pieces of rubber in the air.
When a Tire Blowout Causes Your Sarasota Motorcycle Crash
The most common cause of tire blowout is lack of maintenance, and when trucking companies are involved, it can get complicated. This is why you need a skilled Sarasota motorcycle accident lawyer in your corner to help prove that the trucking company was negligent in properly maintaining their trucks and taking care of their tires.
You may be entitled to financial compensation for your medical bills, physical therapy, lost wages and more. Find out more about your rights after suffering injuries in a South Florida motorcycle crash, and call the Mallard Law Firm at (888) 409-3805 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced attorney today. We will also provide you with a complimentary copy of our book, The Florida Accident Handbook: What You Need to Know After an Auto, Truck or Bicycle Accident.