Alabama Truck Tire Blowout Accident Lawyer
If a tire blowout occurs on a large truck while it is in motion, this can result in a dangerous situation for any vehicles in the near vicinity of the truck. Specifically, when passenger vehicles collide with 18-wheelers and other commercial trucks, it often ends with the occupants of the passenger vehicle suffering serious or even fatal injuries. If you or a family member was injured in a trucking accident due to a truck tire blowout, you should consult with an experienced Alabama tire blowout accident lawyer.
The Morrison Law Firm understands the various ways that a serious truck accident could affect your life, and we are here to help you pursue the compensation that you deserve. Our firm has handled a large variety of tire defect litigation cases in Alabama and across the United States, and we would be proud to help you litigate your case. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your case, call The Morrison Law Firm at (334) 513-1323, or contact us online.
Common Causes of Truck Tire Explosions
Truck tire blowouts can happen for several reasons. For example, if a truck driver or trucking company fails to change the tires on a truck after they were used to travel several miles, the wear and tear on the tires will make them more prone to blowouts. Other causes of truck tire blowouts include:
- Overloading a trailer
- Underinflating a tire or overinflating a tire beyond recommended guidelines
- Driving at a faster speed than the tires are designed to handle
- Having a puncture or cut in the tire sidewall
- Driving over a deep pothole or other hazardous road condition
This is not an exhaustive list. There are various other factors that can contribute to a truck tire blowout.
If a truck tire blowout occurred for any of the above reasons, the trucking company would likely be liable for your injuries as the accident was likely avoidable. It is also possible that a tire manufacturer may be responsible for your injuries. Tire manufacturers produce tires with defects more than you might believe. As a result, these tires may be used by trucking companies that are unaware of the tire defect. Under certain circumstances, a tire manufacturer and a trucking company could be liable for your injuries.
To learn more about the causes of truck tire blowouts and what to do after a trucking accident caused by a blowout, you should speak with an experienced Alabama personal injury lawyer.
What to Do After a Truck Tire Blowout Crash
If your vehicle was struck by a commercial truck and you and any passengers in your vehicle were injured, you need to act to gather evidence for a potential lawsuit and your insurance company. The first action you should take is calling law enforcement and emergency medical services for any injured individuals. You should also move your vehicle to a safe area of the road if possible.
Next, you should exchange information with the driver of the truck. This information should include the truck driver’s license, license plate, name of their employer, and the make and model of the truck. You need information about the truck driver’s employer because the truck driver was operating on their behalf which makes them liable for the driver’s negligent actions. This is also known as vicarious liability.
It is also extremely important to gather evidence about how the accident occurred. For example, if it was raining significantly when truck’s tires exploded and the truck hit your vehicle, this is valuable information. If possible, speak with any person that witnessed the accident and that are willing to provide you with a statement. You should obtain their contact information as you may need them later if you file a personal injury claim.
Be sure to take photographs of the damage to all vehicles involved in the accident and photographs of any injuries you sustained. It is a good idea to seek medical attention even if you do not feel you are injured. You may have suffered an injury that could take a few days or even weeks to show symptoms, like nerve damage.
Remember to ask law enforcement for a copy of the police report once they arrive to process the scene of the accident. While you may not be able to use this evidence in your case, it will help your insurance company determine who was liable for the accident.
Inform your insurance carrier of the accident as soon as possible. Additionally, if you are contacted by a representative from the insurance company that represents the truck driver’s employer, you should avoid speaking with this representative without aid from an attorney. An insurance claim adjuster is seeking a way to minimize your injury claim and avoid paying a significant sum of money for damages.
Work with Our Experienced Trucking Accident Attorney Today
If you or a family member was the victim of a trucking accident, you should contact an experienced Alabama trucking accident attorney today. Tire defect attorney Rick Morrison has fought for residents of Alabama injured in truck tire blowout accidents since 1997, and he is prepared to fight for you. To schedule a free legal consultation, contact The Morrison Law Firm at (334) 513-1323.