Tire Defects and Truck Accident Risks

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Truck drivers face a number of additional drivers on the road that car drivers never have to worry about. Because a semi-trailer truck can weigh up to 40 times more than a passenger car, topping out around 80,000 pounds, it can be much more difficult to control. These large vehicles need approximately twice the distance as passenger cars to safely come to a complete stop. In addition, even a small shift in weight or balance can throw a truck off of its course. One of the greatest risks to a truck's equilibrium is the possibility of a tire blowout.

Tire Blowout Causes

When a tire is poorly manufactured, it may fall apart long before it is expected to. A tire defect can affect a truck's performance and create a high risk for an accident if the tire blows out while the truck is in motion. Some of the common causes of defective tire blowouts include:

  • Tire bead failure
  • Tire tread loss
  • Zipper failure
  • Tire tread separation
  • Sidewall failure
  • Tire belt separation

Any of these defects could lead to a blowout, which may cause the truck driver to lose control of the truck and cause an accident.

Accident Risks

To other motorists, a tire blowout on a truck may not seem like a major concern since a semi-trailer typically has 17 others to spare. However, a tire that suddenly pops or shreds may throw the trailer off balance, causing the truck to fishtail, jackknife, veer off of the road, or possibly even roll over. Other vehicles can get caught up in the accident and unsuspecting drivers could be severely injured or even killed.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident caused by a tire defect, the truck tire manufacturer may be liable for the defect and you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages ..

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Source by David S Caldwell