Truck Tire Blowouts: Causes & Liability for Accidents

Have you ever seen large pieces of tire in the middle or on the side of the road? Those are usually from truck tires. A truck tire blowout can not only deposit those large pieces of rubber on the road, which become dangerous obstacles for nearby drivers, it can cause the truck driver to lose control, leading to a dangerous accident.

If this scenario caused your accident or your loved one’s accident, you may be able to file a lawsuit and recover compensation for your damages. The party that is liable for your damages depends largely on what caused the blowout. Cordisco & Saile LLC can investigate the accident to determine fault and then work to hold the defendant liable. Call us at 215-642-2335 to set up a consultation.

Causes of Truck Tire Blowouts

Several things might cause or contribute to a blowout.

  • Defective tires: Some tires blow due to manufacturing and design defects – a defect that may be virtually undetectable until the tire is in use.
  • Failure to inspect and maintain tires: Truck companies are responsible for the upkeep of the truck, including its tires. Carriers and drivers must perform routine inspections, including checking for sidewall damage and tread wear. They must also perform routine maintenance. Failure to do so could contribute to a tire blowout.
  • Improperly inflated tires: Similar to poor inspection and maintenance, carriers and drivers should always ensure the tires are inflated to the ideal pressure. Improperly inflated tires can cause uneven tread wear and a higher risk of a blowout.
  • Poorly-maintained spare tire: If a tire blows or runs flat, the driver must replace it with a spare. But many spares are not inflated to the proper pressure, which can also increase risk of a blowout.
  • Wrong tires: Blowouts may also occur due to the installation of the wrong tires on the truck (e.g., wrong model, wrong size, mixing radial and bias tires on the same axle, etc.). This could lead to problems with maneuverability and handling.

Liability for a Truck Tire Blowout

Before you assign liability for the blowout and your resultant accident, you need to identify the cause. We will investigate your accident, consult experts, and gather other evidence to establish the cause and/or contributing factors.

Possible liable parties include:

  • Tire manufacturer: The manufacturer of the tire may be liable if a design or manufacturing defect caused the blowout. Strict product liability may apply in these cases, in which you must prove that the tire was defective and the defect caused the blowout and accident.
  • Truck driver and carrier: A driver and/or carrier may be liable for failing to inspect the tires or maintain them. A carrier may also be liable for installing the incorrect tires on the truck.
  • Tire maintenance company: A party that performed maintenance on the tires or installed the incorrect tires may be liable in some cases as well. This requires proving the maintenance or repairs performed was negligent and caused or contributed to the blowout.

Filing a Lawsuit for a Tire Blowout

Cordisco & Saile LLC will help you file your lawsuit, investigate the wreck, build your case, and recover compensation for all of your damages. You may be able to recover compensation for your:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • And more

If you or a loved one has been injured due to tire debris or as a result of a collision with a truck caused by a tire blowout, call the truck accident attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC. Our legal team is equipped to take on large trucking companies or tire manufacturers. Call us today at 215-642-2335 to schedule your consultation to review your case.