Alabama Tire Sidewall Blowout Truck Accident Attorney
If a truck spins out of control due to a blown tire, every motorist in the near vicinity should stay as far away from the truck as possible. Unfortunately, many truck tire blowouts are sudden and unexpected, many times even to the truck driver operating the vehicle. However, this does not exempt a truck driver or trucking company from dealing with a tire problem that could have been corrected. If you or a family member was seriously injured because of a negligent truck driver, you should consult with an experienced Alabama truck accident attorney today.
The Morrison Law Firm has pursued personal injury claims against various trucking companies and tire manufacturers, and we will use this knowledge to fight for you. Injury lawyer Rick Morrison understands how a serious accident can impact your personal and professional life, and he is here to help you pursue compensation against the parties that injured you. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your claim, call the Morrison Law Firm at (334) 625-6128.
Common Causes Tire Sidewall Blowouts
A tire sidewall is an important component of any tire. The tire sidewall connects to the rim and helps to keep a tire stable. The sidewall also provides information about the tire. For example, a tire sidewall can tell you when the tire was produced, the manufacturer of the tire, its load range, and the tire’s ply range.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined that approximately 33,000 accidents occur due to tire defects. Of these 33,000 accidents, it is estimated that a sidewall blowout caused 2,000 of them. A range of circumstances can cause a tire sidewall blowout.
Every truck or passenger vehicle should have tire inflation guidelines listed near the door of the vehicle. If the tire pressure of a truck is below this recommended guideline, there is an increased chance that the tire could explode. Tire pressure can also be affected by changes in the weather. For example, a 10–degree drop in temperature can result in a tire’s pressure dropping by one psi.
Trucking companies that fail to keep track of a vehicle’s tire pressure can be held liable if a tire explodes due to underinflation.
Tire defects are a large part of many truck tire blowouts. An inaccurate speed rating is responsible for several sidewall blowout accidents. A speed rating details how fast a vehicle can safely drive when using a particular tire. However, many other tire defects could lead to a sidewall blowout:
- A tire containing the wrong compound balance
- Moisture or foreign objects being melded into a tire during manufacture
- A faulty connection between the belt ply and the tire tread
- A tire overheating and causing blisters to form between the tire plies
- Tire tread separation
Sidewall blowouts often occur due to damage from poor road conditions and other debris. For example, driving over a deep pothole can result in a tire receiving a laceration or puncture mark. It is important to repair or replace a tire that has been damaged. Unfortunately, some trucking companies may fail to notice a cut or bulge in a tire sidewall that will likely result in a tire exploding.
Various other factors may be considered when discussing tire sidewall blowouts. For example, if a trucking company intentionally overloads their trailer, this can cause a tire to explode under severe pressure. To learn more about sidewall blowouts and what to do if you were in a trucking accident, you should consult with an experienced Alabama personal injury attorney.
When to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit After a Truck Crash
If you were injured in a truck collision caused by a tire blowout, you should move swiftly to file your personal injury case. In Alabama, personal injury cases have a statute of limitations of two years. This means that a plaintiff has two years to file their personal injury lawsuit or risk having the court bar their claim. While there may be a way to delay your filing deadline, it is best to avoid this scenario if you can.
Our Montgomery Tire Defect Litigation Lawyer Can Help You File an Injury Claim
If you or a family member was the victim in a dangerous truck accident, you should contact an experienced Montgomery tire defect lawyer today. Tire blowout lawyer Rick Morrison has been fighting for victims of truck tire blowout accidents for decades, and he would be proud to represent you. Tire blowout cases can become highly complex depending on who is responsible for your injuries, but our firm is here to alleviate the litigation process. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your potential claim, call the Morrison Law Firm at (334) 625-6128.