When a trucking company does not properly maintain the tires on its vehicles, tire blowouts may result. Trucks experiencing tire failure are extremely difficult to control and more likely to create an accident. This puts everyone sharing the road with the truck at risk of significant injuries and potential property damage.
Federal regulations require that trucking companies conduct regular maintenance on their vehicles, including the tires. The large number of truck accidents we now see on U.S. roads and highways proves that trucking companies don’t always take this duty seriously.
Four Maintenance Mistakes Made by Trucking Companies
Unfortunately, some trucking companies make mistakes when it comes to the maintenance of the tires on their vehicles. Examples of common errors include the following:
- Allowing the drivers working for the trucking company to use tires that do not meet the minimum standards for tread depth requirement as required by the Department of Transportation.
- Mounting tires that are mismatched in size onto a truck.
- Pairing tires that have significant differences in the amount of wear and tear together on a truck.
- Mixing both bias and radial tires on the same axle.
When these maintenance mistakes are made, the likelihood of a truck accident greatly increases.
What’s the Problem?
Tire blowouts on large trucks are extremely dangerous. The vehicle becomes very difficult to control, and the debris created by the blown tire can cause additional accidents by other motorists. Victims of these accidents may be saddled with significant expenses as a result of property damage, lost income due to an inability to return to work, and costly medical bills.
Pursuing an action against the trucking company as a result of the company’s failure to properly maintain the truck’s tires may be the victim’s best chance to recover some of his financial losses. Ready to learn more? We encourage you to download our free book, Dealing With the Details After a Commercial Motor Vehicle Accident.