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Blowouts & Defective Tires

Blowouts & Defective Tires: The Silent Perils on the Road

Commercial trucks are a common sight on highways, transporting goods and playing a crucial role in the economy. However, the safety of these massive vehicles, and by extension, all other road users, is often compromised by something as seemingly simple as a tire. Tire blowouts, while sudden and unexpected, can have catastrophic consequences. At Hoy Law, based in Sioux Falls, we've seen the devastating aftermath of accidents caused by tire blowouts and defects.

Understanding the Dangers of Tire Blowouts

A tire blowout on a commercial truck isn't just a minor inconvenience. Given the size and weight of these vehicles, a blowout can cause the driver to lose control, leading to severe accidents. For other motorists sharing the road with these trucks, the unpredictability of such incidents can be life-threatening.

Common Causes of Tire Blowouts in Commercial Trucks

Several factors can contribute to a tire blowout. Some of the most common causes our attorneys encounter in truck accident cases include:

  • Underinflation: Tires that are not inflated to the recommended pressure levels generate excessive heat and undergo undue stress, increasing the risk of a blowout.
  • Overloading: Loading a truck beyond its capacity, especially when combined with underinflated tires, can be a recipe for disaster. Excessive weight puts additional strain on the tires, making them more susceptible to blowouts.
  • Weathering and Age: Tires that have been in use for a long time or have been exposed to harsh weather conditions can become brittle and more prone to punctures and separations.
  • Manufacturing Defects: While rare, some tires come with inherent flaws from the production line, making them vulnerable to unexpected failures.
  • Damaged Rims: Wheel rims with cracks or nicks can lead to gradual air loss, culminating in a blowout if not addressed in time.

Our Approach to Investigating Tire-Related Truck Accidents

When a truck accident occurs and a tire blowout or defect is suspected, our team at Hoy Law adopts a meticulous approach:

  • Conducting a thorough inspection of the accident scene and the involved truck to identify any tire-related issues.
  • Reviewing maintenance and inspection records of the trucking company to ascertain if regular checks were conducted.
  • Collaborating with tire experts to determine if manufacturing defects played a role.
  • Holding negligent parties, be it the trucking company or the tire manufacturer, accountable for their oversight or lapses.

Advocating for Safer Roads

Every motorist deserves the assurance of safety when on the road. Trucking companies and tire manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure their vehicles and products meet the highest safety standards. At Hoy Law, we are committed to holding negligent entities accountable and advocating for stricter adherence to safety regulations.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident where a tire blowout or defect is suspected, call us or reach out to us via email for a free consultation. Our dedicated Sioux Falls Trucking Accident Lawyers will guide you through the legal process, ensuring you get the justice and compensation you deserve.

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