Of all the parts that make up a large truck, the truck’s tires are among the most important.When a tire fails, the driver can lose control of the vehicle very quickly. This may result in a collision with another vehicle, pedestrian, or bicyclist. If you were injured in an accident with a large truck that was caused by an issue with the truck’s tires, the other driver or the trucking company may be responsible for your damages.
7 Ways Truck Accidents Are Caused by Tire Issues
How are truck accidents caused by tire issues? Here are seven examples:
- The tires on the truck were defective. If the manufacturer sold defective truck tires, they may fail during a trip, leading to an accident.
- The trucking company or truck driver failed to ensure that the tires had sufficient tread depth. The Department of Transportation requires that all tires have a minimum tread depth. If a driver or trucking company does not comply with these requirements, the chance of an accident increases.
- The trucking company or truck driver mounted mismatched tires on the truck.
- The trucking company or truck driver mounted tires on the truck that had significantly different levels of wear.
- The trucking company or truck driver mixed bias and radial tires on the same axle.
- The trucking company or truck driver failed to check, notice, or fix improper tire pressure. When a tire has either too much or too little air, it can deteriorate and ultimately fail. When this happens, a blowout can occur, causing the driver to lose control over the vehicle.
- The truck driver failed to perform pre-trip tire inspections. Had the required pre-trip inspection been conducted, the driver likely would have caught the potential tire issue. Inspections are designed to catch signs of deterioration, including tread wear, tread and sidewall damages, and air leakage.
If you were injured in an accident with a large truck, it may be difficult for you to leave your home or the hospital in order to seek legal assistance. In many cases, we can come to you to conduct an initial interview. We encourage you to contact us today for more information.