A semi-truck’s tires are among the most critical pieces of equipment to ensure the vehicle’s safe operation. As tires are a truck’s only point of contact with the road surface, it is essential that they provide the vehicle with the traction and support required to function. When a semi-truck’s tires fail, serious accidents can result. Depending on the cause of the failure, people injured in these accidents may be able to recover for their losses by filing a personal injury claim. The first step to making sure you get the compensation you deserve is discussing your case with an experienced Peachtree City truck accident lawyer as soon as possible after an accident.
There are many different ways that problems with tires may contribute to an accident. Worn, underinflated, overinflated, or defective tires all may fail and destabilize a truck to the extent that a truck driver loses control. To combat this problem, the federal government has issued regulations regarding commercial vehicle tires that are designed to make sure that the tires being used are safe. Some of these regulations include the following:
- Tires may not have body ply or belt material exposed through the tread or firewall
- Tires may not have tread or firewall separation
- Tires may not be flat or have an audible leak
- Tires may not have a cut to the extent that the ply or belt material is exposed
- Tires must have a tread groove depth of at least 4/32 of an inch
After a truck accident, it is important to have your case evaluated by an experienced attorney who is familiar with these regulations. Any non-compliance with these or the other federal regulations that apply to commercial vehicles may be sufficient to establish legal liability.
Contact a Peachtree City truck accident attorney for a free consultation
People injured in truck accidents caused by defective tires may have a legal claim against a number of parties. One of the experienced truck accident lawyers of the Law Offices of Shane Smith can help you make sure that you receive the compensation you deserve after an accident. We are dedicated to helping each client we represent obtain the highest possible settlement or award after an accident. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.