Why Do I See So Many Shredded Truck Tires on the Highway?
If you are driving on the highway and observe the remnants of a truck tire lining the edge of the road, you may have wonder how it ended up there in the first place. The most probable answer is that a tractor-trailer blew a tire while traveling at a high rate of speed. The explosion of a truck tire can happen at unexpected moments, and for a variety of reasons, this is why it is important to be cautious when traveling next to an 18-wheeler. If you or a family member was in a serious car accident due to a truck tire blowout, you should consult with an experienced Montgomery truck accident lawyer. Tire blowout lawyer Rick Morrison possesses two decades of experience handling a wide range of truck accident cases, and he would be proud to use that knowledge to represent you. The Morrison Law Firm explains why so many shredded truck tires litter Alabama’s highways.
What Causes Truck Tire Blowouts?
Truck tire blowouts are often avoidable if a trucking company takes the adequate precautions. Unfortunately, some companies put their employees and other motorists in danger because they fail to follow safety guidelines regarding tire maintenance. This could lead to serious car accidents and tire treads that could injure other unsuspecting drivers being left on the road.
The following is a list of common causes of truck tire blowouts.
Low Tire Pressure
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), underinflated tires are responsible for a large portion of truck tire blowouts. Like every vehicle, trucks have a suggested tire pressure level necessary for the truck to operate at maximum efficiency. Due to the long distances that truckers often travel, it is important to frequently check the tire pressure, especially before a long trip. Air pressure will lower over time and failing to refill or repair a tire that leaks can result in the tire bursting when traveling at high speeds.
Every tractor-trailer has maximum weight levels that should be followed to avoid an accident. The maximum weight for a truck will typically depend on the type of truck that is being operated. For example, a fully loaded trailer can weigh over 70,000 pounds, making it important for the truck tires to be adequately maintained. However, if a truck is overloaded, even new tires can be overwhelmed to the point that they explode.
Debris on the road can also cause a truck tire blowout. Potholes and other debris are difficult to avoid on a highway where many people are driving at speeds of over 50 miles per hour. This means it is likely for a truck driver to hit a serious pothole that could damage a tire and cause it to burst.
Additionally, it is not uncommon for truckers to run over shredded tires that may be left behind from a previous trucking accident. These shredded tire remnants sometimes referred to as “road gators,” can cause serious damage to truck tires and other areas of a vehicle.
This is not a complete list. There are many other reasons why a truck tire could blowout. To learn more about truck tire explosions, you should speak with an experienced Alabama tire defect attorney.
Methods for Avoiding Shredded Tires on the Road
Shredded tires on the highway pose a greater threat to passenger vehicles than they do to commercial vehicles. These tires can tear off steering components under your car and even cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Therefore, it is important to learn how to recognize a shredded tire and how to avoid it.
First, you should always avoid tailgating the driver in front of you. They may notice a shredded tire on the road and slam on their brakes to avoid it. Pay attention to any vehicles that are suddenly braking or swerving to possibly avoid a shredded tire. If you see a tire directly in front of you, reduce your speed and attempt to switch lanes or use the shoulder to carefully drive around it. Finally, you should avoid driving next to a large truck for an extended period. If a truck’s tire explodes when you are next to them, it can strike your windshield and cause you serious injuries. Additionally, the truck driver could lose control and end up destroying your car in an accident.
Our Alabama Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help You File a Claim Against a Negligent Trucking Company
If you or a family member was injured when a truck tire exploded, you should contact an experienced Alabama personal injury attorney today. Truck accidents can leave you with long-term or permanent injuries that could affect your personal and professional life. You should not have to bear the burdens of expensive medical bills and rehabilitation due to an accident you did not cause. The Morrison Law Firm is dedicated to helping you pursue the legal compensation you deserve due to the actions of a negligent trucking company. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your claim, contact The Morrison Law Firm at (334) 625-6128, or contact us online.