The liable party for a truck tire blowout accident can vary, based on the cause of the tire failure. Tire blowouts may seem like a random occurrence, but they never happen without some type of underlying problem. This may include:
- Overweight or poorly loaded cargo
- Hitting road debris
- Tire pressure issues
- Worn tires
- Manufacturing defects
Who is liable for a truck tire blowout accident?
Potentially liable parties in a truck tire blowout accident include:
- Truck drivers
- Trucking companies
- Maintenance companies
- Tire retailers or installers
- Tire manufacturers
When is the truck driver liable?
Truck drivers are responsible for ensuring they load and secure their cargo properly. They must also obey all traffic laws, and try to avoid hitting curbs or road debris to prevent tire blowouts. Drivers also have an obligation to inspect their truck and tires daily to ensure safety.
When is the trucking company liable?
Trucking companies are responsible for the actions of their employees, including truck drivers. This means that if a driver runs over a curb and causes a tire blowout accident, the company is likely liable for any injuries that occur.
In addition, they have other obligations to keep their trucks in proper running condition. Trucking companies must inspect trucks and tires regularly, ensure they undergo scheduled maintenance, and replace worn tires.
If a tire blowout occurs because trucking companies fail to provide proper inspections or maintenance, or if their drivers fail to uphold their duties, they may be liable for any serious injuries sustained because of the blowout.
When are other parties liable?
In addition to the truck driver and the trucking company, several other parties may be liable for blowout accident injuries. This may occur because:
- A maintenance company discovered a damaged tire but failed to repair it properly
- A tire retailer or mechanic incorrectly installed a tire, or installed the wrong tire
- A seller sold a defective or dangerous tire
- A manufacturer designed, made, or sold a defective tire
It is also important to note that some truck tire blowout cases can have more than one liable party. For example, if a manufacturer sold a defective tire and then the trucking company and truck driver noticed the wear but refused to fix it, then all three parties might be liable for the injuries you sustained.
How can Cordisco & Saile LLC help me after a truck tire blowout accident?
A truck tire blowout can cause serious injuries to the occupants of nearby vehicles. Identifying the liable party is important, because it is responsible for covering accident-related losses including medical bills, lost wages, and more. This can be complex, and often requires analysis by a truck accident attorney.
If you suffered injuries in a Bucks County, Philadelphia, or New Jersey truck tire blowout, Cordisco & Saile, LLC can help you identify the liable parties and settle your claim.