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Tire Blows Outs and Bent Rims

All motorists have looked at the sides of highways and see the remnants of blown out tires lying on the shoulder. If you have ever come upon a blown out tire fragment in the middle of the road and had to serve to avoid it, you are well aware how serious and dangerous these blown out tires can be when they come from a commercial truck. Imagine a scenario where you are driving behind a fast moving semi truck when a tire remnant shreds off from one of the truck's wheels. It would be terrifying having a large piece of tire coming directly towards your front window or getting wedged under your own vehicle. Blown out tires result in collisions between trucks and motor vehicles. They can cause havoc among cars following a truck that has a blown out tire. Serious injuries and sometimes-even death may be the result. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that the number one road debris on our nation’s highways is blow out tire remnants. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety statistics also estimates that highway debris causes over 25,000 accidents and at least 100 deaths each year.

Blown Out Tire Causes

Blown out tires, bent rims, burning treads, and much more can cause major accidents on the roads of the nation. Blown out tires can occur with very little wear and tear or mileage on the tires and can occur with little to no warning at all to the driver of the truck or to the vehicles behind the commercial truck. It is dangerous to drive on bent rims since it can not only damage the tire, but also cause the tire to explode. Truckers are the most notorious motorists to drive on bent rims even after going through numerous tires. Careful inspection of tire rims should be done as part of a truck's over all maintenance. Other causes of tire blowouts, bent rims, and burnt treads include the following:

  • Tread separation
  • High speeds
  • High temperatures
  • Rotten spare tires
  • The wrong size tires for the vehicle
  • Under inflated tires

Liability

Who is held liable in a truck accident when it is discovered a blown out tire caused it? Liability in tire blow out truck accident cases can fall on one or more entities. Liable parties can include the truck driver for not checking the wear and tear or pressure of the tires, the trucking company for not performing the same maintenance tasks, the tire manufacturer, the truck manufacturer, and sometimes even the inspection station for giving a dangerous truck a passing grade. Since a plaintiff’s attorney needs to prove that the defendant in the case had a duty of reasonable care to the plaintiff and that that duty was breached resulting in the accident and subsequent injuries, it is important to have an experienced truck accident lawyer who has the resources to hire the necessary specialists to support the case.

Injuries and Compensation for Truck Accidents Due to Tire Blows Outs and Bent Rims

Victims of blown tires commercial truck accidents can suffer from numerous, dibilitating injuries including but not limited to the following:

  • Broken bones
  • Concussion
  • Coma
  • Head trauma
  • Severed limbs
  • Respiratory problems

Victims of these types of truck accidents involving damaged wheel rims and blown out tires can sue the truck driver and/or thetrucking company for one or more of the following:

  • Medical bills
  • Hospital bills
  • Loss of wages
  • Repair costs
  • Legal fees
  • Courtfees
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium

How Truck Accident Lawyers Help

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a commercial truck accident caused by tires blowing out, bent rims, burnt treads or other tire related problems contact a truck accident attorney at the law offices of Gordon Elias & Seely, L.L.P. without delay. One of our blown tire commercial truck attorneys will be able to acquire all of the evidence needed to help prove that the defendant in the case, is liable or negligent for the accident. The lawyers at Gordon Elias & Seely, L.L.P. will fight aggressively for your rights, making sure you receive the compensation you deserve. One of our attorneys will help lighten the burden associated with filing a lawsuita lawsuit against another party, especially if the victim is still suffering from injuries incurred from a trucking accident.

The content of this website is provided for informational purposes only, and does not constitute legal advice. If you need help with a Truck Accident claim, consult an experienced trucking accident attorney from the law offices of Gordon Elias & Seely, L.L.P. by calling TOLL FREE: 800 - 773 - 6770 OR by filling out the Free Case Evaluation Form on this page.
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