A tire blowout, especially one involving a truck, can pose significant dangers for other drivers on the road. Even an immediate tire blowout that does not lead to an accident is dangerous. The tire blowout debris left behind on the road can cause a secondary danger from vehicles either striking or attempting to avoid striking the debris.
Vehicles commonly at risk for tire blowouts are large, heavy commercial trucks. Unfortunately, these same vehicles also pose the most danger to other drivers on the road when a tire blowout occurs. Driving next to a large 18-wheeler truck and not knowing whether one of the truck’s tires will blowout can be terrifying. And if you are in involved in a tire truck blowout accident, the effects can be devastating. The tire can hit your car and cause a severe accident or the truck can overturn causing a multi-vehicle pileup.
Whatever the situation, truck tire blowout accidents can cause significant injuries and damages. It is important that if you are injured in a truck tire blowout accident you reach out to an experienced truck accident attorney. Ladah Law Firm’s Nevada truck accident lawyers want to make sure you recover the compensation you deserve. Call us at 702.252.0055
Unfortunately, as is often the case in car accidents, tire blowouts often occur because the owner of the vehicle failed to properly maintain the vehicle, and more specifically, the tires. Common causes of tire blowouts include:
The Truck Driver Looses Control: There’s a number of dangerous scenarios that can play out when a tie blows out on a heavy truck such as a semi. For one, the driver could loose enough control of the truck to cause a wreck from swerving into other cars, forcing them out of their lane, across the median or off the road entirely. Sometimes, event’s like this end up causing multiple accidents. For instance, the semi may hit the vehicle traveling in the lane next to them which is the first accident. That vehicle is forced into oncoming traffic (after being pushed across the median) causing cars to swerve out of the way, hitting other cars. Maybe that vehicle even ends up hitting one of the oncoming vehicles head on. Or, to avoid this type of incident, the operator of the vehicle riding alongside the truck slams on their brakes when they see the truck start to swerve toward them & they end up getting rear ended due to the sudden reduction of speed.
The Tire Separates: Besides the truck that lost the tire’s instability leading to a crash, there’s also the possibility of the tire breaking free and having the potential to cause accidents on its own. Imagine driving alongside a semi & suddenly a tire separates itself from the wheel & rolls off the truck right in front of you… where can you go? Semi tires are quite large & heavy & when this happens it immediately starts loosing speed without having the engine accelerating the wheels to propel it any longer. This difference in speed compared to the vehicles surrounding the truck are the foundation for potential disaster. When a rouge tire is rolling down the freeway with cars approaching at high speeds, people will attempt swerve away from impacting the tire. The impact from the tire could cause loss of control or speed to the point where it causes the driver of the car which hit it to get into a collision with a near by car, run off the road (potentially hitting something) or even roll their vehicle. If they swerve to miss it, this could also lead to an accident.
The Tire Comes Apart In Pieces: Finally, tires will often come apart in a number of pieces over the course of hundreds of feet or even miles, leaving a slew of rubber degree on the road and flying through the air. Obviously this debris causes a lot of distractions & obstacles for drivers. Drivers may dangerously attempt to avoid running over larger pieces left on the road until it’s eventually picked up or strewn about & off to the side from vehicles running it over repeatedly. The pieces flying through the air can be even more distracting & dangerous as they may damage or shatter windshields of oncoming vehicles thus making it difficult or impossible to clearly see the road through the damage. Being involved any any of the above situations (or variations not mentioned here) when it results in injury (or worse) justifies hiring an experienced lawyer who is versed in building a case in these type of situations.
If you have been injured in a truck tire blowout accident, an experienced Las Vegas car accident attorney can help protect your rights. The Las Vegas car accident attorneys at the Ladah Law Firm have experience helping victims obtain compensation in a variety of types of car and truck accidents. From investigating your claim to litigating your personal injury lawsuit, the Ladah Law Firm’s experienced attorneys will be with you throughout the entire process.
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