Texas Truck Blowout Accident Attorneys
Victims of truck accidents caused by tire blowouts may be entitled to compensation for their damages. Contact attorneys Neal Davis and Jed Silverman to learn more about your rights in a trucking accident.
We've all seen them: the remains of blown out tires on the side of the road. Debris from tire blowouts have become a common sight along highways and interstates, and a majority of blowouts originate from semi trucks, 18-wheelers and tractor trailers. While most tire blowouts are purely accidental, some can be the result of negligence.
If you've been injured in a truck accident caused by a blowout tire, you may have the right to file a lawsuit to collect compensation. Attorneys Neal Davis and Jed Silverman are prepared to help you through the legal process. During your free consultation, we'll listen to your story, examine the evidence, and determine how we can help.
Let us take care of your truck accident case and help you on the road to recovery. Contact us today.
Common Causes of Tire Blowouts
Tire blowouts do not typically happen without reason, and they are particularly common among large commercial trucks carrying heavy cargo loads because of intense friction between the wheel and pavement that causes the tire to deteriorate quickly.
Some other common causes for truck tire blowouts include:
- Worn out tires from excessive use
- Defectively manufactured tires
- Leaking tires
- Low or high air pressure
- Lack of general tire maintenance
- Unbalanced cargo loads
- Dangerous road conditions
Ignoring dangerous warning signs of a tire blowout can make a truck driver (or the trucking company) responsible for a tire blowout accident.
Why Tire Blowouts are Dangerous
A tire that suddenly explodes can quickly cause damage to not only the truck itself, but to surrounding vehicles on the highway.
A tire blowout can cause the truck driver lose control of his or her vehicle, swerving into other lanes, rolling over, or jackknifing. Even if a driver is able to keep the truck under control after a blowout, there's no way to determine where debris will fly. The pieces of a blown out tire can travel at high speeds, making it impossible for other cars to get out of the way before impact.
Pieces of a blown out tire can shatter a car's windshield, cause a driver to lose control of his or her vehicle, or force a driver to swerve out of the way and into the path of other vehicles. Accidents like this can cause significant damage for victims, including medical costs and property damage to vehicles that need to be repaired.
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Liability in a Tire Blowout Accident
Most of the time, the fault for a tire blowout accident is placed on the driver. Truck drivers and trucking companies have a duty to check their rig daily to ensure it is in working order. That includes making sure the tires are in good condition, free from any blatant defects, and at an acceptable pressure. If a driver notices any defect in the tires, he or she is legally obligated not to drive until the issue can be fixed or the tire replaced.
In addition, trucking companies must abide by certain federal safety standards designed to prevent blowout accidents from happening in the first place, so failure to do so can mean that the company is liable.
Truck drivers and trucking companies are not always responsible for tire blowouts though. The accident could have been caused by a manufacturer's error instead. Tire manufacturers have a duty to test their products and develop a design that will not cause blowouts. Failing to accurately test or detect malfunctioning products can cause a tire manufacturer to be held liable for an accident.
Other parties that could be held liable for a tire blowout accident include tire retailers that knew of a tire's defect prior to a sale, or a technician that improperly installed the tire or installed the wrong type of tire for that particular truck. All of these parties can be held liable should an accident occur.
Truck Accident Attorneys Can Help
There are numerous factors and individuals that can influence or cause a truck tire blowout accident. Gathering evidence and determining liability in a case like this is easier said than done. Our expert truck accident attorneys understand the ins and outs of the trucking industry, can help determine which parties were at fault in your particular accident, and calculate your total damages for compensation.
Houston attorneys Neal Davis and Jed Silverman are ready to take on your truck tire blowout accident case. We're prepared to exhaust all avenues to your success and aren't afraid to help fight for your right to compensation. If we don't win, you don't pay. That's our No Fee Unless You Win Guarantee. Contact us today for a free consultation and see how we can help give your personal injury case the best possible outcome.