Truck Tire Blowouts
Thousands of People are Injured Every Year in Trucking Accidents
Truck drivers are responsible for making sure that every part of their truck is in perfect working order, and that includes keeping a close eye on their tires so they remain properly inflated. Failure to do so leads to an increased chance of a blowout – if this happens while their truck is in motion, it could easily lead to a loss of control and endanger the lives of everyone else on the road. While the vast majority of truck tire blowouts happen between May and October, that doesn’t mean that truck drivers should stop caring for their vehicles throughout the entire year. Failure to maintain a safe vehicle puts everyone’s lives at risk, including their own.
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What Causes Truck Tires to Blow?
The companies that manufacture truck tires pay close attention to their products in order to better understand their faults and what problems need to be addressed going forward. While many of the specific numbers are kept secret, these companies have released information about the most common causes of truck tire blowouts.
- Overinflated Tires: While keeping truck tires inflated above the recommended limit may allow drivers to increase the carrying capacity of their vehicle, it also puts additional stress on the internal components like the fabric, rubber, steel, composites, etc. The longer these tires are left dangerously inflated, the more likely they are to catastrophically fail.
- Underinflated Tires: There are a number of reasons why a tire could dip below the recommended limit, including travelling to colder climates, an unidentified leak and general wear and tear negatively impacting their ability to maintain air pressure. No matter what caused the tire to become underinflated, the longer it stays that way, the more stress is put on its internal components – underinflated tires also have additional surface area, which increases the speed of wear and tear during travel.
- Overloaded Vehicles: Federal regulations limit the amount an 18-wheeler can weigh to 80,000 pounds so the vehicles aren’t put under a dangerous amount of stress during travel. Drivers, manufacturers and trucking companies may attempt to squeeze as much product in the back of their vehicles as possible in order to maximize the value of each trip, but they do so at the risk of everyone on the road, including the truck driver.
- Dangerous Road Conditions: A significant portion of the roads across America are filled with potholes, cracks and uneven surfaces. The average truck driver covers anywhere from 2,000 to 3,000 miles every week, and the constant beating the road gives their truck’s tires takes its toll and can speed up the rate that they wear down.
- Wear and Tear: Everything breaks down over time, even the tires created to help carry 80,000 pound machines across the nation’s roads. Without constant maintenance, these products become increasingly likely to burst.
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Our New Jersey truck accident lawyers at Levinson Axelrod, P.A. understand just how devastating a truck accident can be to the people directly involved, as well as their family and loved ones. With more than 75 years of experience and more than $1 billion recovered in verdicts and settlements for our clients, we know how to fight for the maximum compensation possible. If you were seriously injured in a truck accident, fill out our online form to start out with a free case evaluation or give us a call at (732) 440-3089 to speak with a member of our firm today.