Unfortunately, tire blowouts often lead to accidents that injure and kill thousands of people each year. According to the latest statistics reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), tire blowouts cause 78,392 accidents, 10,275 injuries, and more than 400 deaths each year.
If a tire blowout accident has left you injured or taken the life of someone you love, you should consult our Wisconsin personal injury attorneys immediately. We understand what causes a tire to blowout as well as the complexities involved in tire blowout accidents. You can depend on us to evaluate the details of your case and help you seek the compensation you may deserve for your losses. Call Studinski Law, LLC today at (715) 343-2850.
Causes of Big Truck Tire Blowout Accidents
When a tire blowout occurs, a truck can tip over and cause the trucker to lose complete control. For this reason, tire blowouts make dangerous collisions inevitable. Although there are a variety of reasons truck tire blowout accidents occur, some of the most common causes of these types of accidents include:
- Underinflated Tires
Underinflated tires are the leading cause of tire blowout accidents. They weaken the adhesion between rubber and steel cords and create excessive heat build-up which can cause a tire to blowout in an instant.
- Overinflated Tires
Overinflated tires are just as dangerous as underinflated tires. They put extra stress on the rubber, steel, composites, and other internal components of the tires. When this occurs, the tires can eventually blow up and cause a serious accident.
- Old Tires
All too often, trucking companies avoid changing old tires in an effort to save money. This is unfortunate because old tires have a higher chance of failing and likely contain shallow tread that is unable to effectively stop a truck.
- Overloaded Trucks
According to federal regulations, 18-wheelers must adhere to a total weight limit of 80,000 pounds. Any more weight can add too much stress on the truck and tires and prompt a tire blowout.
- Poor Road Conditions
Since trucks travel thousands of miles each week, they may hit potholes and cracks that can cause tire blowouts. For this reason, the trucker and the company they work for must inspect their tires frequently to prevent blowouts and other serious issues.
Federal Tire Regulations for Trucks
Truck companies must follow federal tire regulations outlined by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in order to keep trucks safe. However, some truck companies disregard these regulations and allow their truckers to drive vehicles that pose serious hazards to others on the road.
These regulations involve replacing all bald tires, monitoring and maintaining tire pressure, checking tread levels, and only driving with tires that are manufactured to tolerate the weight of the load that a trucker is transporting. By taking these regulations seriously, many truck tire blowout accidents can be prevented.
How to Establish Liability in a Truck Tire Blowout Accident
Truckers and trucking companies are legally obligated to keep their vehicles and tires in good shape. If they fail to do so, they can be liable in a truck tire blowout accident. In order to determine whether this is the case in your particular accident, a thorough investigation must be conducted.
Although negligence by a trucker or trucking company is often the cause of a tire blowout accident, a pothole or another road obstacle may contribute to one as well. If a pothole or another obstacle has led to the truck tire blowout, the trucker’s liability may be reduced, especially if they took proper actions after the blowout. However, the entity responsible for maintaining the road may be to blame. To determine who is liable for your tire blowout accident, you should consult one of our experienced truck accident lawyers.
Car Tire Blowout Accidents
Like trucks, cars can also have tire blowouts that result in serious accidents. Motor vehicles require regular maintenance and new tires on a regular basis. Although many tires claim to last up to 60,000 miles, a recent consumer report indicated that most tires only last between 25,000 and 30,000 miles. If they are not properly maintained, they may show uneven wear or damage in a much shorter period of time.
If someone drives on dangerous tires and causes an accident, they can be liable for the injuries that result. However, if a tire is defective, the seller or manufacturer may be to blame. In order to determine who is responsible for your car tire blowout accident, contact an experienced Wisconsin personal injury attorney who can guide you through the injury claims process.
Why Hire Studinski Law, LLC
If you’ve been injured in an accident involving a truck tire blowout, Studinski Law, LLC can help. We will perform an investigation on your behalf and hold the trucker or trucking company accountable for their negligence if they are responsible for your injury. With our legal representation by your side, you may be able to recover the following losses:
- Medical expenses
- Wage loss
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and mental anguish
- Disability and disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of earning capacity
- Loss of society and companionship
- Property damage
- Punitive damages
In the event that a tire blowout accident took the life of your loved one, you may be able to recover funeral expenses, loss of financial contributions, loss of inheritance, and loss of society and companionship in a wrongful death claim.
Since commercial trucks are larger and heavier than cars and smaller vehicles, the minimum insurance requirements for them is much higher. This means that it will be easier for you to recover fair and full compensation to cover all of your losses in a claim involving a commercial truck tire blowout.
Contact Our Truck Accident Attorneys Today
If a truck tire blowout accident has hurt you, you should call the Wisconsin truck accident attorneys at Studinski, Law, LLC. Since 1998, attorney Jason Studinski and his team have been providing truck accident victims with aggressive, personalized legal representation that has led to countless favorable case outcomes. Call us at (715) 343-2850.