Every year, thousands of big trucks are involved in roadway accidents. A leading cause of these accidents is tire blowout. In fact, over 11,000 tire blowouts occur every year, causing substantial property damage, injuries, and even fatalities.
If you are in a wreck caused by a big truck tire blowout, who is responsible? The answer to this question depends on the situation. While truck drivers and their employers can’t prevent every tire malfunction, laws and regulations are in place to greatly prevent them from occurring. When these processes are disregarded, everyone on the road is at greater risk.
Drivers are required to do pre-trip safety inspections of their truck and trailer. The safety inspection is required by law and includes examining the tires and wheels.
The trucking company is responsible for the unsafe behavior of its drivers. When an employee drives unsafely or fails to inspect the truck properly, the employer may be held liable. The company can also be responsible in a blown tire example when:
Tires are required to be able to handle certain common driving conditions. In the rare case a tire is defective, liability could be placed on the manufacturer.
Freight brokers act as a middleman on transporting goods, being hired by trucking companies to help coordinate deliveries. If the broker hires a company that has a bad safety history, they can be held partially responsible.
Accidents involving big trucks are often devastating, causing physical damage and emotional and mental damage as well. The trucking industry has taken great strides to prevent wrecks and make the roads safer for every driver. However, when a driver, employer or other party doesn’t follow the trucking laws or regulations, their negligence can have real consequences. When big truck accidents happen, we can help you get your life back to normal.
The Attorney in the Truck
Attorney Chad Jones has his CDL and has hands-on experience operating an 18-wheeler. He understands the trucking industry, making him uniquely qualified to represent you in an 18-wheeler accident case. At Chad Jones Law, we provide legal representation for those injured in big truck accidents. If you have questions, call or text us anytime.