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18-Wheeler Truck Accidents Caused by Tire Failure or Blow Outs

Motorists are on the road with 18-wheelers and other commercial trucks every day. We see them so often we do not give them a second thought or think about the danger they can mean to us on the road.

Accidents between motorists and 18-wheelers happen often as both parties travel Texas highways, and a common cause of these accidents are tire blow outs or “delamination.” At the risk of stating the obvious, tires are the only thing between the 80,000 pound truck and the road itself, and so any failure of the tire to do its job will result in disaster.

Questions this article will answer:

  • What causes tire blow out or tire failure?
  • What is tire delamination?
  • How can an attorney help me with my accident?

When drivers are injured as a result, determining the party responsible for the injuries can be difficult. Obviously, the trucking company that owns the 18-wheeler and employs the driver is likely a suspect. If they were negligent in the installation or maintenance, the company may well be responsible for any injured motorist’s injuries. However, the manufacturer of the commercial truck’s delaminated tire may be responsible as well if the tire was defective. Regardless, an experienced truck accident lawyer will know how to uncover who’s actually responsible.

Causes of Tire Blowouts and Delamination.

Most motorists have experienced, or at least witnessed, a car tire blowout. At low speeds, these occurrences can be more inconveniences rather than disasters. Nonetheless, steering and maintaining control of a car become all but impossible, making accidents almost unavoidable if and when the vehicle is traveling at a high rate of speed. This is especially true for 18-wheelers.

Possible causes for tire blowouts, include:

  • Punctures to the tire
  • Improper inflation
  • Poor maintenance
  • Using refurbished tires that are susceptible to blow outs
  • Tire delamination

Tire delamination however, is often caused by a defect in the design or manufacture of the tire. When this happens, the bottom layer of the tire (made up of steel belts and tread) separates from the other layers and causes the defective tire to blowout or suddenly deflate. Determining exactly why the tire delaminated and lost its tread will be necessary in order to potentially hold the manufacturer responsible for your accident. Our attorneys employ top investigators with industry experience to help us make this determination. If the investigation finds that the delamination resulted from a defective design or manufacture of the tire, then you have a potentially strong products liability claim against the tire company.

  • Briefly, “products liability” claims are lawsuits that allege the tire manaufacturer either placed an unreasonably dangerous tire on the market, or, that something happened in the design or manufacture of the tire that caused the tire to fail on the road. These cases require specialized experience to be able to explain to a jury that the tire was some kind of ticking time bomb, and that the jury should award victims significant compensation for what was essentially an engineering mistake. You can learn more about these cases here at Comprehensive Guide to Products Liability Law now.

Accidents from Tire Delamination

Tire delamination happens when the tread or rubber separates from the tire causing the tire to blow out or deflate suddenly. This can cause injury to motorists in many ways:

  • The truck driver could lose control of the truck and cause an accident
  • During an accident, debris from the delaminated tire can strike a motorist
  • The debris from the delaminated tire can end up in the roadway and create an obstruction that causes an accident.

After an 18-wheeler has experienced a tire blowout or delamination, both the truck driver and motorists on the road are in danger. Because the tire delamination typically causes a sudden change in stability to the vehicle, it is very difficult for the truck driver to maintain control of the 18-wheeler after this has happened. Often the motorist cannot get out of the path of the 18-wheeler and the 18-wheeler driver is unable to steer the truck to avoid hitting the motorist.

Motorist can also be injured if the 18-wheeler’s tire delaminates and rubber from the defective tire flies off and strikes a car. Often, when a tire blows out or delaminates, pieces of the tire become airborne when the driver frantically tries to maneuver the 18-wheeler to a safe location or out of the flow of traffic. These airborne pieces of rubber can be large, sharp, and hot from the friction of the road. Tragically, they can injure a motorist or pedestrian if they are struck by the flying rubber.

Finally, when an 18-wheeler’s tire delaminates, a piece of the ruined tire can be left in harm’s way. When motorists unwittingly strike the tire’s debris, serious accidents happen. Remember, the tires that go on tractor trailers, tanker trucks, and other commercial vehicles are significantly much larger and made of much more dense materials than standard tires found on passenger vehicles–a piece of one of these large truck tires on the roadway can be a deadly hazard to other motorists.

Mindi's father lost his life when an 18-wheeler driver left the roadway and struck a parked car. Learn more about how our firm helped her pursue justice.Read more about this case >

How can an attorney help?

Tire delamination and blowouts on 18-wheelers can cause deadly accidents. If you or a loved one was hurt or killed and you suspect there could have been a faulty tire at issue, you need the right attorneys with the right investigative team. To ensure all negligent parties are brought to justice, we will conduct an extesnive investigation into whether any defects can be found in the tire, if the 18-wheeler driver was negligent, or if there were any additional parties at fault. Our experienced attorneys at Grossman Law Offices know the value a thorough investigation can mean for you, your loved ones, and your case. Contact our truck accident lawyers today at (855) 326-0000, toll-free.

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