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Tire Blowouts trucks accidents attorneys in California

In the Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts (LTBCF) 2017, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reported that 15 drivers of large trucks involved in fatal crashes suffered tire blowouts or flats in 2017. Of those fatal crashes, 12 were single-vehicle and three were multiple-vehicle.

Code of Federal Regulations §393.75(a) establishes that no motor vehicle can be operated on any tire that has body ply or belt material exposed through the tread or sidewall, has any tread or sidewall separation, is flat or has an audible leak, or has a cut to the extent that the ply or belt material is exposed. Under Code of Federal Regulations §393.75(b), any tire on the front wheels of a bus, truck, or truck tractor must have a tread groove pattern depth of at least 4⁄32 of an inch when measured at any point on a major tread groove, and Code of Federal Regulations §393.75(e) states that a regrooved tire with a load-carrying capacity equal to or greater than 4,920 pounds must not be used on the front wheels of any truck or truck tractor.

A tire blowout on a commercial truck can cause the vehicle to suddenly swerve into nearby traffic or possibly even roll over. This frequently leads to motor vehicle accidents that can have devastating results.

California Tire Blowout Truck Accident Lawyer

Did you suffer catastrophic injuries or was your loved one killed in a truck accident caused by a tire blowout in California? It will be extremely important to learn what kind of maintenance a trucking company used in caring for its tires.

The May Firm can conduct an independent investigation to determine exactly why a tire blew out and who can be held liable for the injuries caused. You can have us discuss all of your legal options when you call (844) 629-3476 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.

Causes of Tire Blowout Truck Accidents

Tire blowouts could stem from any one or multiple kinds of causes. Some of the most common reasons that tire blowouts occur is because of:

  • Underinflation
  • High speeds
  • Road hazards (potholes)
  • Failure to maintain
  • Overloading
  • Poor recapping or retreading of tires
  • Defective tires
  • Using worn out tires or tires with inadequate tread depth
  • Heat or other weather conditions
  • Improper tire size
  • Mismatched tires
  • Excess braking
  • Unnoticed leaks
  • Wear and tear

While a truck driver may claim that they were powerless to control a commercial truck after a tire blowout, it could be possible that certain driver actions or factors contributed or caused a motor vehicle accident. Tire blowouts could be the result of reckless or aggressive driving, but a driver might also fail to regain proper control if they were distracted or affected by driver fatigue.

Other cases could also involve a driver operating while under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol. It is also important to understand that additional parties could be liable in some cases, such the trucking company or owner of the truck, the company that maintains the truck, or possible a tire manufacturer.

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Types of Tire Blowout Truck Accident Injuries

A tire blowout usually leads to a commercial truck losing control, and it can strike multiple motor vehicles immediately afterward. The severity of the injuries people can suffer in these accidents will depend on a number of different factors, such as where people were seated, where impact occurred, and the speed the truck was traveling at when the blowout occurred.

Blowout accidents send many truck accident victims for hospitals, where they could be forced to stay for several weeks, months, or even years. During this time and even after being releases, people will frequently be unable to go back to their jobs and will struggle to replace their regular income.

The different kinds of injuries people could sustain in tire blowout truck accidents include, but are not limited to:

  • Fractures
  • Sprains
  • Muscle strains
  • Lacerations
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Paralysis

Do not post anything about your accident or your injuries on a social media website. This is the first place an insurance company will look for information to use against you.

Also avoid speaking to any insurance company about your accident until you have legal representation. You will want to let a lawyer handle all settlement negotiations on your behalf, as they will have a much better understanding of the true value of your case.

Contact a Tire Blowout Truck Accident Attorney in California

If you sustained severe injuries or your loved one was killed in a truck accident caused by a tire blowout in California, do not think that your crash was just a random occurrence for which you cannot recover damages. Truck owners have a duty to make sure their vehicles have been maintained properly, and they can be liable for failure to install proper tires or adequately maintain the tires.

The May Firm will determine the exact cause of your accident and then work to help you obtain the compensation you need and deserve. Call (844) 629-3476 or contact us online to take advantage of a free consultation.

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