Commercial trucks are massive machines that can weigh as much as 80,000
pounds. Because of their sheer size and slow responsiveness, even minor
mishaps can have devastating consequences. That’s why trucking operators,
truck drivers, and other entities involved in commercial trucking are
held to strict standards for ensuring public safety. When they fail to
uphold their obligations, motorists face increased risks of suffering
At Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs, our
Houston personal injury lawyers have successfully represented numerous clients who suffered preventable harm in
truck accidents, as well as families who have lost loved ones in wrecks that could and
should have been avoided. By drawing from our experience and the abilities
of our award-winning trial lawyers, we are able to conduct meticulous
investigations into the underlying causes of trucking wrecks in order
to determine who can be held liable for victims’ damages, and fight
aggressively for the full and fair compensation our clients deserve.
Tire Blowout Result in Trucking Injury Cases
Tire blowouts are a leading cause of trucking accidents. When a tire blowout
occurs, the stability of a commercial truck is greatly compromised, and
truck drivers can easily lose control of the vehicle. Unfortunately, this
can lead to collisions with other vehicles on public roads and highways,
and subject victims to greater risks of harm, including
catastrophic injuries and
Investigating the underlying cause of a tire blowout is essential in determining
who can be held at fault for victims’ damages, which can include
medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Common factors that lead to tire blowouts include:
Inadequate maintenance – Trucking operators have a legal duty to ensure their commercial
vehicles are adequately and regularly maintained. This includes proper
maintenance of tires. Trucking operators should actively monitor the condition
of tires to check for signs of wear and tear, as old tires are more likely
to fray and blowout. Additionally, trucking operators should check tire
pressure, as low air pressure can cause tires to fail. By investigating
maintenance logs and evidence from the scene of a wreck, our legal team
can work to determine whether a blowout was caused by the negligence of
a trucking company that failed in its duty to adequately maintain its
vehicle or address potential hazards it knew or should have known about.
Cargo violations – The federal government enforces a number of regulations involving
cargo. Among these are rules for the proper securement and disbursement
of cargo and strict weight limits that are designed to reduce wear and
tear on tires and the risks of sudden blowouts. Unfortunately, trucking
companies that place profits over people don’t always adhere to
weight restrictions in their efforts to transport more goods – but
they can be held liable when violations and overloaded vehicles result
in tire blowouts and injury-causing wrecks.
Defective tires – While trucking company negligence can certainly lead to tire blowouts,
many cases involve defectively designed or manufactured tires. As evidenced
by many past recalls in the auto industry, these defects can lead to faulty
tires that are more susceptible to tread separation and blowouts. When
investigations discover defects made during the design or manufacturing
phase, our legal team is quick to explore whether improper testing, inherent
defects, poor manufacturing, or inferior materials contributed to tire
failure. This can aid victims in pursuing compensation against auto part
Dangerous road conditions – In some cases, tire blowouts are the result of dangerous roadway
conditions. These may include poorly maintained roads or roadways littered
with debris that compromise the integrity of tires. While these cases
can be challenging, there may be opportunities for victims harmed in tire
blowout trucking accidents to pursue compensation against an appropriate
at-fault party, such as a contractor that negligently created roadway
hazards when performing construction.
Because there are several factors that can lead to tire blowouts, it becomes
critical for victims harmed in these types of trucking accidents to work
with attorneys who have the experience and resources to not only conduct
investigations that highlight the underlying cause, but also to fight
back against negligent parties and insurance companies that want to minimize
payouts to victims.
Contact a Trusted Personal Injury Law Firm
Over the years, our legal team at Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs
has demonstrated the ability to effectively advocate on behalf of victims
and families in even the most challenging auto and truck accident cases.
Backed by decades of experience and a passion for making a difference
in clients’ lives, we have been able to secure numerous successful
verdicts and settlements when they mattered most.
If you wish to discuss a potential case,
contact us for a FREE consultation.