Alabama Tire Separation Truck Accident Attorney
Tire separation is one of the most common causes of truck accidents. Many drivers are caught completely off guard when their tire separates which can lead to them causing a catastrophic accident. While tire separation accidents are often unpredictable, these accidents are avoidable if a truck driver and their employer are responsible when it comes to vehicle maintenance. Under other circumstances, the manufacturer of defective tires could be liable for a truck accident. If you or a family member was injured in a serious truck accident, you should consult with an experienced Alabama tire separation accident attorney.
The Morrison Law Firm is prepared to help you build a case against a negligent truck driver and their employer. Our firm recognizes how a dangerous truck accident can impact the life of an innocent victim, and we are here to stand with you. You do not have to pursue justice for your injuries alone, contact the Morrison Law Firm at (334) 625-6128 for your free legal consultation.
3 Common Causes of Tire Separation
Tire tread separation typically occurs when a truck is outfitted with steel-belted radial tires. While many modern vehicles employ the use of steel-belted tires, manufacturers often have issues fastening rubber tires to a steel frame in a manner that will prevent them from separating. As a result, this can make it easier for tire treads to separate from the steel casing. However, there are many other causes of tire separation accidents that should also be discussed.
Continuous Hot Weather
Alabama is a state that typically has warm weather throughout the year, which can have a negative impact on a vehicle’s tires. Tire tread is the outer layer of grooves on a tire that is meant to grip the road and provide the driver with exceptional control over their vehicle.
If a truck driver frequently operates their vehicle in extremely warm weather, it is reasonable to believe that the tire tread will begin to separate from the body of the tire. This phenomenon will occur even quicker if the truck driver often drives at a high rate of speed. The combination of high speed, high temperatures, and hot roads will cause the tire tread to melt and separate from the rest of the tire.
Once the tire tread separates from the rest of the tire, the truck driver will struggle greatly to retain control of their vehicle. This struggle often causes the vehicle to jackknife or even flip over, which may cause a dangerous accident for any motorists in the near vicinity.
Poor Tire Maintenance
Truck drivers may use their vehicles to travel hundreds of miles in a single week. That is why it is important to frequently examine tires to check whether they need maintenance or whether they should be replaced entirely. Trucking companies should have a regular maintenance system that addresses any issues with their fleet of vehicles. Unfortunately, some negligent trucking companies are not adequately concerned with the condition of their truck tires. These are some signs that a tire’s treads may be separating:
- Bulges, cuts, and cracks in the tire’s sidewall
- Vibrations when driving a vehicle or even when the tires are being rotated
- Tire treads that are excessively worn down
- Uneven tire treads
As mentioned, manufacturer errors are a common cause of tire tread separation. The main reason behind these errors is a failure to perform adequate quality control. For example, a manufacturer may negligently cure foreign objects into a tire tread. There are several reported cases of items like screws, wood, wrenches, gloves, bullet shells, and various other material being melded into the rubber of a tire. In other cases, a manufacturer may use cheap methods to meld a tire onto the steel casing.
If a manufacturer is responsible for a truck tire separation accident, the motorists that were injured can hold them liable for their injuries.
If you were involved in a trucking accident, you should gather as much evidence as possible at the scene of the accident. This will make it easier for an experienced attorney to file your personal injury lawsuit. You should also be careful about speaking to insurance company representatives from the trucking company or the tire manufacturer without an attorney. Their goal is to minimize liability for your injuries.
Our Montgomery Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help You File a Personal Injury Lawsuit
If the actions of a negligent trucking company caused you or a family member to be seriously injured, you should contact an experienced Montgomery truck accident lawyer today. Personal injury lawyer Rick Morrison has practiced law for over 25 years, and he is prepared to use his wealth of experience with tire accident cases to represent you. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your claim, call the Morrison Law Firm at (334) 625-6128.