Tires are one of the most essential pieces of equipment on a semi-truck or other large commercial vehicle. When they fail, vehicles can be extremely difficult to control and may even jackknife or roll over. As a result, tire blowouts or failure can easily result in injury-causing accidents, potentially leaving victims with significant medical expenses and health problems. Fortunately, people injured in accidents caused by semi-truck tire failure may be able to recover by filing a personal injury claim against the party or parties responsible.
Many of us have seen what looks like a stretched out piece of tire on the highway or on the side of the road. This is usually the result of tire tread separating from the body of a retreaded tire. Retreading is a common practice in the trucking industry, and involves taking old tires and applying new tread to the tire’s casings. Currently, the practice is fairly unregulated, other than tires requiring a “DOTR number” that indicates who and when the tire was retreaded and a general prohibition of using retread tires on the front wheels of buses.
When tires on semi-trucks fail, serious accidents can occur. Some of the more common types of accidents that result from tire blowouts include:
- Roll overs
- Jackknife accidents
- Read end accidents
- Sideswipe accidents
Contact a Peachtree City truck accident attorney for a free consultation
Victims of truck accidents that are caused by tire blowouts or defective tires may be eligible to receive financial compensation. The experienced truck accident attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith have the experience to know how to uncover evidence of driver or trucking company negligence. We are dedicated to helping the victims of truck accidents recover for their losses. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call our office today at (770) 487-8999 or contact us through our online contact form available on the top of this page.