Semi-trucks are a common sight on Georgia roadways. Whether you are driving along the E Bypass, Route 37 or I-75, chances are you give big trucks a wide berth. Unfortunately, when a tire blows out at highway speeds, extra space may not be enough to prevent a collision. We often represent clients injured in an accident with a commercial truck.
According to Tire Rack, the term “blowout” describes a tire bursting and rapidly losing air pressure. It can cause loss of vehicle control by the driver.
Causes of tire blowouts
Most blown tires occur May through October. Although factors that contribute to blowouts include loaded trucks, warm weather and long drive distances, direct causes include the following:
- Underinflated tires
- Potholes or other hazardous road conditions
- Overloading the truck
- Poor maintenance
Sudden loss of tire pressure can result in a violent swerve. Depending on the speed, type of truck and driver response, the truck could jackknife, flip over or wobble and move to the shoulder. If the cab or trailer flips or slides, cargo can spill into the path of oncoming traffic, go flying and hit vehicles nearby.
If you sustained injuries in a wreck with a big truck that had a blowout, the trucking company or tire manufacturer could be responsible. Professional truck drivers go through significant training that includes handling the vehicle in a variety of conditions. However, if the truck and its parts are improperly maintained, the party responsible for upkeep may be liable for damages. If the tire had a design or manufacturing defect, and the manufacturer did not issue warnings, they may be liable for your injuries. You could receive compensation that includes covering your medical bills, lost wages and ongoing treatment.