It’s a familiar site: you’re driving down a highway and see pieces of shredded tire on the side of the road. Sometimes you’re forced to swerve to avoid the remnants left in the middle of the roadway. They’re an all to common occurrence in big rig trucks, and they can cause accidents, injuries, and sometimes even death. It happened this week in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania when a dump truck traveling southbound on Interstate 81 had its left front tire blow out. The truck driver lost control of his vehicle and ended up crossing the grass median and colliding head-on with a tractor trailer as well as striking a pick-up truck. The driver of the tractor trailer was killed on impact, while the dump truck driver and the pick-up truck driver both needed to be flown to a nearby hospital.
Why do these tire blowouts happen? Though there are a few different reasons, in most cases they trace back to a simple matter of negligence. The most common tire blowout causes include:
- Improper tire inflation – Whether a tire is over inflated or under inflated, it is a recipe for disaster. When a tire has too much air in it the internal pressure can cause an explosion. When a tire has too little air in it, it leaves empty space in which heat can build up, causing an air expansion that leads to explosion.
- Inattentive maintenance – Truck companies have a responsibility to maintain and inspect their vehicles’ tires on a regular basis to ensure that they are safe. When this maintenance is not done and tires are not checked frequently enough, tire treads can wear down and defects are not spotted. This puts both the driver and all those with whom they share the road in jeopardy.
- Road hazards – Trucks travel many miles on roads that are frequently in poor repair or on which debris has fallen. From potholes to the remnants of previous accidents, if a truck tire strikes a hazard on the road, there is a chance that it will lead to a tire blowout.
When a tire blowout occurs and it leads to an accident causing an injury or death, negligence is often to blame. If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck crash, you need the help of an experienced truck crash attorney. Contact Danziger & De Llano Truck Crash Law Group today at 1-800-411-7411–www.truckcrashlawgroup.com