Large trucks or commercial vehicles can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Although these vehicles are important for transporting goods throughout the U.S. that are vital for our livelihood, they can also be dangerous weapons while on the road. When issues caused by poor maintenance lead to malfunctions such as a tire blowout, the lives of passengers in smaller vehicles with which they share the road are put in serious jeopardy.
Atlanta truck crashes linked to tire blowouts have been caused by a number of conditions including:
Contact with potholes when tires are worn or defective
Tire over-inflation caused by heat and other factors
Cargo overload on trucks
Tire wear and tear and lack of maintenance
Little to no tread on tire
Tires that are mismatched on a commercial vehicle
Truck driver braking excessively while on the road
Inclement weather conditions
A semi-truck blowout can result in life-threatening injuries to others when the debris from exploding tires is disseminated away from the vehicle. Unfortunately when blowouts occur, there is typically no time for drivers of vehicles traveling in close proximity to the commercial truck (which are up to more than 25 times the size of their vehicle) to react or move out of harm’s way. In many cases, the debris from the explosion causes passenger vehicle drivers to swerve suddenly, placing them in further danger.
Atlanta truck drivers and trucking companies have a responsibility to ensure that trucks under their operation are safe when allowing them on the roads. This includes taking warranted steps to maintain and inspect the vehicles prior to being driven, to make sure they are in compliance with industry safety laws and standards. Among the federal regulation guidelines currently in existence for inspecting tires on commercial vehicles are rules that direct truck drivers to:
Make sure that tires are inspected for tread condition, cuts, and damages. In addition valve caps and stems should be present and also inspected for their condition
Make sure tread depth on commercial trucks is 4/32 inch at minimum on steering axle tires and 2/32 inch for others
Make sure tire pressure is checked with the use of a working gauge
Make sure tires on commercial trucks are equal in size and of the same type
Make sure dual tires on semi trucks are not touching or have anything placed between them
Atlanta truck drivers who fail to follow safety regulations and put others in harm’s way as a result of their oversight can be held liable for the consequences of their actions in court. Tire blowouts on commercial vehicles are in most cases preventative, and failing to take the appropriate measures to maintain the safety of truck tires is an irresponsible move that is not tolerated under the law. It is important for Atlanta truck crash victims to acknowledge when they need legal help with recovery, and reach out to an experienced legal professional who can help them get their life back in order.
Individuals with questions about getting legal help for an Atlanta truck accident can call 1-800-Truck-Wreck® to speak with someone directly, because life doesn’t stop after a truck wreck.