A contributing factor to many large commercial truck accidents are tire blow outs. Large trucks put heavy strain on the tires with the amount of miles they drive each day and the big cargo loads that they carry, making tires a safety concern that all drivers and trucking companies must be aware of. A tire blow out is generally preventable if a commercial truck is properly being maintained as federal regulations require. If a tire blow out causes an accident that injures a driver or passenger in another vehicle, the truck driver and even the company he works for may be found negligent and liable for the accident and injuries.
Daily Driving Report: A Driver’s Duty To Conduct Daily Truck Safety Inspections
Commercial truck drivers and trucking or transport companies are under strict regulations by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), including properly maintaining their vehicles. Regulation 396.11 through the FMCSA requires that vehicles be inspected every day by the driver and that a driver vehicle inspection report be filled out. Tires are one of the many components on a large truck that must be inspected for wear and air pressure each day and checked off on this report.
Tire pressure alone can cause problems in both control and increased wear on tires. Too little or too much air pressure can change how a vehicle handles, especially large trucks, making it vital for safety to keep tires at their optimum pressure for the load they are carrying. Since drivers are often picking up and unloading large amounts of cargo, the air pressure may need to be changed throughout the day, depending on the current weight of the vehicle.
Not only are drivers responsible for checking tires at the beginning and end of the day, they are also instructed to check tires on long trips. According to the FMCSA and Department of Transportation, drivers should be checking air pressure consistently throughout a long trip and also looking for:
- tread or sidewall separation
- cuts or gouges
- flat spots or uneven wear
- leaks (monitor tire inflation)
- flat tires at duals
These signs can help prevent a tire blow out from happening and causing an accident. If a driver is doing their due diligence and maintaining their vehicle and tires, a tire blow out on the road is very unlikely and should be able to be prevented.
Lawyers For Truck Tire Blow Out Accidents
When a large truck has a tire blow out, the driver may lose control of the vehicle, careening into other vehicles on the road. Collisions involving large commercial trucks such as tractor trailers can be deadly, especially when these trucks are unable to be controlled due to a blown tire. The result is often a fatality or serious injury for any of the occupants of passenger vehicles that happen to get in the trucks way before it finally can be stopped. For those injured due to one of these preventable accidents, it is important to talk to an attorney that experienced is truck accidents as soon as possible to begin an investigation into the possible negligence that lead to the tire blow out.
Our Chicago truck accident attorneys have successfully prosecuted tire-blow out accidents where people have suffered serious injuries. Our team has accident investigators on staff that can be deployed to the scene of an accident within hours. Call our office anytime to begin the process of getting your case started.
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