Who Is to Blame for a Trucking Accident Caused by Defective Tires?
Defective tires can cause serious trucking accidents. If you have been in a trucking collision caused by tire blowouts or other tire problems, you may be interested in filing a legal claim. In general, you may have a claim against:
- Driver: Drivers are expected to maintain tires and brakes, especially if they are listed as owner-operators. They are expected to maintain proper tire pressure and to keep their tires from getting too worn. If they fail to do so, they can be held liable if an accident occurs due to their negligence.
- Company loading the truck: If a company overloads a truck, this could put additional pressure on the tires, leading to tire blowout and tire failure.
- Truck carrier: If a truck carrier knowingly installs recalled tires, old tires and/or fails to maintain their fleet, they may be held liable if their actions lead to an accident. It is especially important for truck carriers only to use non-recalled tires and tires which have not been sitting in a warehouse for extended periods of time. Rubber can deteriorate with time and heat — even tires that are never used.
- The tire manufacturer: Tires are recalled if they prove dangerous or if they have manufacturing or design flaws. Tire manufacturers creating products for commercial trucks must meet multiple federal safety requirements. If they fail to do so or if they produce unsafe tires, they may be held liable for any accident caused by defective tires.
Have You Been Injured?
If you have been in a trucking accident caused by defective tires, contact KBG Injury Law for a free consultation. There may be multiple liable parties in your case and our attorneys have access to accident reconstruction experts, consultants and other professionals who can investigate the cause of the tire failure and can help find the liable parties in your case.