While most vehicles on the road have two to four tires, large transport trucks rely on far more due to their immense size and weight. Commonly known as 18-wheelers or semi trucks, these commercial vehicles typically have fourteen to eighteen tires. As they are responsible for transporting significant amounts of heavy materials and products, these vehicles’ tires must be durable and well-maintained in order to avoid severe truck accidents such as blowouts, which may in turn cause rollovers or jackknifing.
While some tire breakdowns are the result of design or manufacturing errors, most occur due to trucking companies’ failure to adequately check their trucks’ tires and perform necessary maintenance in a timely manner. Because it is a trucking company’s responsibility to ensure that the trucks in its fleet are safe and in good working order, it may be liable for any accidents that happen as a result of improper truck maintenance.
In order to prevent truck accidents from occurring as a result of damaged, defective, or malfunctioning tires, trucking companies should perform regular maintenance to check for the following tire issues:
Typically, these issues tend to develop over time; however, they may also occur as a result of a design or manufacturing defects or even unexpected trauma or damage to the tires. Regardless of the cause, it is the job of trucking companies to replace or repair unsafe tires as soon as possible. When they fail to do so, they can be held accountable for any ensuing damages.
Tragically, truck accidents caused by improper tire maintenance result in numerous accidents every year in the U.S. Victims of such accidents often find themselves facing physical pain, emotional trauma, and financial losses that are difficult to manage. Fortunately, there are legal options available for such victims in this situation. To find out more about the next steps you can take if you’ve been harmed in such an accident, fill out the contact form at the top of this page.