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Truck Accidents: Tire Blowouts & Personal Injury

11 Jul. 2017

Truck Accidents: Tire Blowouts & Personal Injury

Posted By Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs

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 serious harm.

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 wrongful death.

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 manufacturers.
  • 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.

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