Tire blowouts can result in fatalities. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that in 2014, there were 10 commercial motor vehicles involved in fatal crashes due to tire blowouts. While this number represents a decline from the 13 similar deaths that occurred in 2012, tire blowouts still can and do result in deaths. Tire blowouts can also result in substantial injuries. The Texas Department of Transportation’s investigation reveals that in 2015 there were 1,720 incidents in the rural areas of Texas due to tires, some of which involved commercial motor vehicles. This article will examine the role that tire blowouts play in commercial motor vehicle accidents.
Causes of Tire Blowouts
Tire blowouts involves significant explosions of force that can cause even the most experience commercial motor vehicle driver to lose control of the truck which can result in jackknifing, roll overs, and a variety of other types of crashes. There are several factors that tend to cause tire blowouts in commercial motor vehicles. The good news is that most of these causes of tire blowouts tend to be entirely preventable if commercial truck drivers utilize certain driving techniques.
- Manufacturing Problems. There is reason to believe that tire blowouts are more likely to result from tires manufactured by certain companies. Various defect including tread separation might exist in the way a tire is manufactured.
- Oversize Trailers. The additional stress placed on commercial motor vehicle tires due to the excess weight of oversized trailers can contribute to tire blowouts.
- Poor Maintenance. Poor maintenance of commercial motor vehicle tires often leads to low air pressure, which is a frequent cause of tire blowouts.
- Poor Road Conditions. Various conditions that might exist on the road can result in adverse elements that can result in tire blowouts.
- Nearly all commercial motor vehicle tires are intended for a maximum sustained speed of seventy five miles per hour. Driving above this speed creates an enormous buildup of heat which can contribute towards a tire blowout. Simply because a speed limit of 75 or above is posted does not mean that commercial truck drivers are supposed to travel at this speed.
Commercial motor vehicle truck drivers should use regular maintenance of vehicles to avoid tire blowouts from occurring. This maintenance should include inspecting tires for various bumps, breaks, cuts, cracks, or any type of physical condition that might weaken the tire and lead to blowouts. When these accidents do occur, both commercial truck drivers and sometimes trucking companies can be held responsible for the accident.
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