Truck tire blowouts are terrifying occurrences on New Jersey and New York roadways. Debris and tire pieces can come flying at other vehicles. Truck drivers can lose control of their semi-truck after losing a tire. In fact, truck tire blowouts cause more than 200 fatalities and tens of thousands of injuries on roads every year, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. If your vehicle gets into an accident because of a truck tire blowout, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit or claim to recover compensation for your losses.

Causes of Truck Tire Blowouts

Truck tire explosions can occur for a variety of reasons. In many cases, the truck driver and/or the trucking company could be liable in a lawsuit if you can prove their negligence lead to tire blowout, which caused the accident.

Lack of Maintenance

Truck drivers and trucking companies are required by law to conduct routine maintenance on their fleet of trucks. Underinflation and worn tire treads are some of the most common reasons a tire blowout can happen. If a driver or company fails to inspect the tires and fails to maintain them adequately, you may be able to file a claim and recover compensation for your losses.

Driver Negligence

Truck drivers owe a ‘duty of care’ to other drivers on the road. That means operating their semi-truck in the safest manner possible. If the driver fails in their duty of care, you may be able to file a claim asserting the driver’s negligence caused the accident. Examples of truck driver negligence include:

Truck drivers are responsible for following all laws and regulations and if they fail to do so they may be deemed to have breached the ordinary standard of care. 

Overloaded Trailers

Federal law limits the weight of a semi-truck operating on New Jersey and New York roadways. If a trucking company violates these laws and overloads the trailer, the added weight can put too much on a tire, causing it to explode. In this scenario, the consequences are often devastating. Overloaded trailers and tire blowouts can lead to very serious accidents and even fatalities.

Liability in a Trucking Accident

In order to file a claim or lawsuit after a truck tire blowout, you must prove the driver or truck company was negligent. While fatigue, speeding or license violations may make a truck driver liable for any accident, the driver alone may not bear full responsibility. 

The trucking company could be found liable if they weren’t following safety guidelines and/or maintaining proper policies. Trucking companies must perform maintenance checks and ensure their drivers are qualified and operating their rig safely. Liability in a truck accident can be complex and is one of the key reasons to consult an experienced truck accident lawyer to understand your case and your options.

Get Help with a Truck Accident Claim

Some people will avoid pursuing a personal injury claim as they don’t want to get involved with the hassle and efforts involved. At Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law, we first work to ensure that your health and well-being are restored, and then get to work beginning the process of getting you reimbursed for your losses. We handle the communications and negotiations with insurance companies and build your case to pursue maximum compensation for your injuries. Don’t be left on the hook for medical bills and expenses that are not your fault.

At Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law, we are dedicated to assisting clients throughout New Jersey and New York with their truck accident and personal injury cases. We have decades of experience and the extensive resources you need to secure a fair case result after a truck tire blowout. Our compassionate attorneys put client care and your needs first. Contact us immediately for a free legal review.

Posted by: Brandon J. Bro…
Date: Tue, 07/12/2022 - 16:36

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