Tire Blowouts Common Cause of Miami Truck Accidents
Any number of factors can contribute to truck accidents—truck weight, brake conditions and tire blowouts are common causes of fatal crashes. Fleet owners are required to comply with federal regulations. These companies must conduct regular maintenance inspections on all vehicles, including checking tires and brakes.
Tire blowouts are a common cause of accidents. Tires can explode due to improper tire pressure, age, objects on the road, extreme heat and manufacturing errors. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) lists tire recalls on its website. The NHTSA, however, does not oversee the production of these tires. Tire manufacturers largely test product safety in-house, unless an independent agency is hired to test them. Manufacturers are still liable for product safety—but that does not mean there is strict oversight.
Experienced attorneys and accident investigators can determine specifically what caused a tire blowout. If the tires were not maintained properly—proper inflation, size and tread length—the truck driver or shipping company can be held liable. If it was a manufacturing error, the tire company is on the hook—sometimes it can even be a combination of the two. In some circumstances, cities and municipalities can be held liable if it is proven that they knowingly neglected road hazards.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Miami truck accident, it was possibly the result of a tire blowout or faulty brakes. Call our firm today at (800) 383-7853 for a free consultation.