Even if you only drive a little you have probably come across the remnants of a tire blowout from a tractor trailer or other large truck at some point.
Unfortunately, a truck tire blowout can lead to a serious accident if the truck driver loses control when the blowout occurs or if another driver swerves to avoid the large strips of rubber and other debris scattered all over the road after the blowout.
The three most common causes of truck tire blowouts or failure are:
- Tires that are defective. Sometimes tire manufactures sell defective tires that end up being recalled;
- Improper maintenance of tires. Trucking companies often make mistakes such as allowing drivers to use tires that don't have enough tread, mounting tires that are different sizes or that have major differences in tread wear, or mixing different types of tires on the same axle;
- No pre-trip tire inspection or a poor inspection. Truck drivers are required to do a pre-trip inspection. If they fail to do the inspection or perform the inspection but don't notice obvious signs of a problem such as worn tread, sidewall damage, or over or under inflation issues, a trucking accident may occur.