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Tire Blowout Accidents in Providence

Tire blowouts are always scary and dangerous, but that danger is increased exponentially when it is the tire of a big-rig truck. The truck’s size and weight, danger of swerving or overturning, and the size of the tires that blowout all create a recipe for disaster on the road. If a truck accident caused you injury, you will need help from a team of lawyers that has the resources and experience required to go up against large corporations.

At Decof, Mega & Quinn, P.C., we have worked for over 40 years handling these kinds of cases, recovering over $1 billion on behalf of accident victims.

Dangers of Truck Tire Blowouts

Whether on the highway or a city street, driving next to a big-rig truck can be nerve-wracking; imagine being next to or behind one if a tire blows out.

Truck tire blowouts can result in:

  • The truck driver losing control
  • The truck rolling over
  • Other drivers panicking, causing swerving, sudden braking, etc.
  • Tire debris or lost cargo in the road

Causes of Truck Tire Blowout Accidents

Truck tire blowouts can lead to severe accidents on roads and highways, posing significant risks to the truck driver and other vehicles nearby. Several factors contribute to these incidents:

  • Tire Maintenance: Poor maintenance, including insufficient tread depth, over or underinflation, worn-out tires, or using tires beyond their recommended lifespan, increases the likelihood of blowouts.
  • Overloading: Trucks carrying loads beyond their weight capacity place excessive strain on tires, leading to increased heat buildup and potential blowouts.
  • High Temperatures: Extended periods of driving, especially in hot weather conditions, can cause tire temperatures to rise, weakening their structure and increasing the risk of blowouts.
  • Road Hazards: Debris, potholes, sharp objects, or uneven road surfaces can damage truck tires, leading to sudden blowouts.
  • Speeding: Driving at excessive speeds generates more heat in tires, making them more susceptible to failure, particularly if they're already compromised due to wear or damage.
  • Underinflation/Over inflation: Incorrect tire pressure alters the tire's performance, impacting its ability to handle the load and maintain proper contact with the road. Underinflation causes overheating, while over inflation can lead to increased susceptibility to road hazards.
  • Defective Tires: Manufacturing defects or substandard materials in tires can increase the chances of blowouts, despite regular maintenance and appropriate use.
  • Driver Error or Inexperience: Inadequate training, lack of awareness regarding proper tire maintenance, or failing to respond promptly to warning signs (such as unusual noises or vibrations) can contribute to tire blowouts.
  • Weather Conditions: Extreme weather like heavy rain, snow, or ice can affect tire traction and performance, potentially leading to blowouts.
  • Age of Tires: Even if not heavily used, tires deteriorate over time due to aging, exposure to sunlight, and other environmental factors, making them more prone to failure.

Determining the reason for the blowout will be crucial to the outcome of your case, so it’s imperative that you gather as much information as possible during the time following the accident. When injuries are involved, the insurance company will often attempt to drag out investigations and reduce their liability, which makes having an aggressive, experienced Rhode Island truck tire blowout lawyer from our team even more critical.

Who’s At Fault In A Truck Tire Blowout Accident In Rhode Island?

In cases where a truck has had a blowout, specific factors will determine who is at-fault for the blowout.

Truck Driver: If the blowout occurred due to the driver's negligence, such as failing to properly maintain the tires, overloading the truck, or driving recklessly, the driver might be held accountable. If the blowout was caused by an external factor, such as a road obstacle or pothole, the truck driver’s liability may be reduced but their reaction to the blowout will still come into play.

Trucking Company: If the trucking company failed to conduct proper maintenance, ignored safety regulations, or enforced unrealistic schedules that led to inadequate tire inspection or replacement, they could be held responsible.

Tire Manufacturer or Maintenance Service: In cases where the tire blowout occurred due to a manufacturing defect or faulty maintenance performed by a service provider, the tire manufacturer or maintenance company might bear liability. If a mechanic or installer failed to notice a tire defect, they may be held responsible on a third party liability claim.

Other Parties: Liability might also fall on other entities, such as the entity responsible for road maintenance if the accident was caused by poor road conditions or debris on the road.

Tire Blowout Accident Victims in Providence: Call Our Team

If you’ve been injured in an accident involving a business vehicle such as a big-rig truck, seeking a settlement for your medical expenses and losses can be intimidating. Let our team of Rhode Island truck tire blowout attorneys go to bat for you, allowing you to focus on your recovery and get back to your life. Don’t let the size of the truck, and the business behind it, stop you from getting what you deserve.

Call our Rhode Island truck tire blowout lawyers for a free accident case consultation today: (401) 200-4059.

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