Accidents involving trucks are often more devastating than other motor vehicle accidents on the roadways, given the sheer size and weight of them. This places an even greater responsibility upon trucking companies, truck drivers, and others responsible for the maintenance of a truck to ensure that everything is up to par and functioning properly. If you have ever seen shredded tire debris on the road, chances are these are the remnants of a tire blowout from a truck. This type of accident can cause the truck driver to lose control, possibly resulting in a severe or even fatal accident. Who is to blame?
Liability in a Tire Blowout Wreck
Truck drivers have a responsibility to inspect their trucks prior to proceeding with a trip and, in some cases, must also perform general maintenance on the tires, brakes, lights, mirrors, reflectors, and load. If a truck driver were to neglect these duties and ends up causing an accident as a result, he or she might be held responsible for the blowout accident, though the company that employs the driver would ultimately pay for your damages.
In some cases, the truck driver might not be responsible for a tire blowout accident. If a maintenance company’s technician worked on the truck’s wheels and tires, that person would be liable for injuries you sustained as a result of the accident. This is not at all uncommon since many trucking companies now outsource such maintenance services. If the employer of that company failed to properly train the individual who was responsible for working on the truck’s tires and wheels, the company could also be considered liable for your injuries.
Of course, not all tire blowouts are the result of improper maintenance. Sometimes the tires themselves are defective, in which case, you would have a claim against the tire manufacturer.
Seasoned Charleston Truck Accident Attorneys
At Pierce, Herns, Sloan & Wilson, LLC, our team of exceptional attorneys has handled more than 45 truck accident cases over the course of our firm’s history. If you or a loved one was injured in a truck accident, now is the time to seek the skilled and experienced representation you deserve. Some of the cases we have handled include rollover truck accidents, driver fatigue, DUI truck accidents, and truck driver negligence.
We understand this is a difficult time for you, which is why we believe you should focus on recovering while we handle the rest. You will not owe us any legal fees unless we can win your case.
Contact us today at (843) 968-0886 to schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable member of our team.