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When Semi-Truck Tire Tread Turns Tragic for Some Georgia Motorists

You most likely drive right by big black chunks of rubber in the road everyday—probably not paying too much attention to them. However, some people aren’t so fortunate to just drive on by. In fact, when tires blowout, especially on semi-trucks, tire pieces are powerfully projected into the air and often cause the following scenarios:

  • Hitting motorcyclists, which cause motorcycle crashes
  • Flying into vehicles, which cause drivers to swerve and crash
  • Crashing into lanes of traffic, causing drivers to stop suddenly—leading to rear-end accidents and pileups

When semi-truck tires blowout, serious Georgia trucking crashes could be the result that leads to serious injuries. While some drivers might have to make a sudden maneuver to avoid hitting the rubber in the road, others are hit by the flying pieces that cause them to crash.  Motorcyclists are the most vulnerable, as they are exposed to the elements. When a tire chunk hits a motorcyclist, the biker could lose control of the motorcycle and crash. Sadly, these types of accidents often lead to critical or fatal injuries for motorcyclists.

Whether drivers are forced to hit the tire chunks, swerve to miss them, or stop quickly to avoid hitting the shredded rubber, serious Norcross truck crashes and injuries are usually the result of semi-truck tire blowouts.

The many reasons tire tread comes flying off of big rigs includes:

  • Driving on too old of tires
  • Lack of maintenance
  • Failure to inspect tires frequently
  • Not keeping them inflated properly
  • Manufacturing defect

When a tire blows for any of the reasons above, tire tread is sent flying through the air. For vehicles following tractor trailers, they are suddenly placed in harm’s way due to the size and force of the airborne tire tread.

If you have been involved in a crash or your loved one was killed due to flying tire pieces off of a semi-truck, you could be entitled to damages for your medical bills, pain and suffering, property damages, lost income, and more. Find out about your rights to financial compensation and pursuing justice against the negligent truck driver, trucking company, or tire manufacturer by calling a skilled Norcross trucking accident attorney. Contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at 770.487.8999 for a free consultation.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia