Who is Liable for a Defective Tire in a Truck Accident?
What is a Tire Blowout?
Did you know that tire blowouts cause over 75,000 traffic accidents each year in the U.S? If you’ve ever experienced a tire blowout, you understand first-hand just how dangerous and scary it can be.
A blowout is a rapid, explosive loss of air pressure in any kind of inflatable tire. Blowouts can occur in a matter of seconds or slowly accumulate over time, depending on the cause of the blowout.
When a tire blows out, drivers face the sudden danger of losing full control and maneuverability of their vehicle. According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, tire blowouts kill more than 400 people each year.
Tire blowouts most commonly occur when drivers haul an overloaded vehicle, a sharp object punctures the tire or a massive cut or tear goes unnoticed in the tire for a long period of time. Each of these causes, no matter how quickly they come to fruition, increase the risk of being injured in a serious accident.
In the following article, our Wyoming semi-truck accident lawyers with The Advocates will explain the process of determining liability for defective tires in a truck accident. If you have any legal questions about being injured in a truck accident due to defective, you can call The Advocates 24/7 at 307-466-0003.
Determining Liability for Defective Tires in Truck Accidents
It’s no doubt that for truck drivers, tire blowouts are nothing short of catastrophic. For this reason alone, truck drivers have to think about swapping out old or defective tires on a daily basis, as well as constantly be on the lookout for sharp objects in the roadway.
That being said, the federal government mandates that all truck drivers must complete daily inspections before their trip. This includes a thorough inspection of all tires on the truck. But even with these regulations put in place, defective tires continue to cause problems in the trucking industry.
If you were involved in a truck accident due to defective tires, you may be wondering which party is responsible for the collision: the truck driver, the trucking company, or the tire manufacturer.
In most cases, tire manufacturers are responsible for providing faulty products. In 2019 alone, U.S. tire manufacturers listed 14 different tire recalls from several major companies. Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. was one of the major brands to issue a recall that affected over 4,000 commercial trucks. The company, like many others, stated that this defect that could “develop into a tire failure in the sidewall.”
When it comes to proving negligence in a defective tire case where determining fault can be tricky, it is pivotal to work with an experienced semi-truck accident lawyer.
When to Hire a Wyoming Semi-Truck Accident Lawyer
Whether you were driving in a passenger vehicle or are the truck driver who was injured by faulty tires, you will need the best legal representation on your side. The Advocates are here to determine who is responsible for your injuries and losses and make sure you are fully compensated for your accident.
Our semi-truck accident attorneys have decades of experience working with insurance companies of manufacturers and are ready to fight for your legal obligation to justice. Don’t wait to contact The Advocates. You can call us today at 307-466-0007 or speak with an attorney using our Live Chat Feature on our homepage. You deserve an Advocate!