Tire Blowouts from 18 Wheelers Can Caused Fatal New Mexico Trucking Crashes
Large commercial trucks are significantly more dangerous than other vehicles on the roadway and especially on interstates and highways. This is not just because of their large size, heavy cargo, and speed—which all generate significant momentum—but also because of their wheels. Yes, an 18 wheeler’s most dangerous attributes is just that—it’s 18 wheels. These can crush vehicles pulled underneath the vehicle and can even explode like grenades if not maintained properly.
In fact, tire blowouts from 18 wheelers can launch dangerous shrapnel into the air at very high speeds which can tear right through smaller passenger vehicles. Large chunks could act as unguided missiles, whereas the debris and shrapnel launched could function like an explosive next to other vehicles.
The sad thing is that the vast majority of tire blowouts can be completely avoided with proper maintenance and care. This means that trucking companies and truck drivers must properly inspect and repair their vehicles before they send them on the roadways. When they fail to do that, it can be the result of negligence. If your or a loved one has been injured or killed in a New Mexico 18 wheeler crash caused by a tire blowout, call the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000 today.
Drivers of 18 Wheelers Must Inspect Their Trucks
Some large commercial trucks like big rigs, 18 wheelers, tankers, tractor trailers, semis, random trailers, and other large trucks can weigh more than 80,000 pounds. If a driver ignores torn treads, damages tires, or defective tires it can have massive and deadly consequences. This is why the federal regulations place certain requirements on an 18 wheeler’s tires.
For instance, 49 CFR s 393.75 provides under sub(a) that “[n]o motor vehicle shall be operated on any tire that—
- Has body ply or belt material exposed through the tread or sidewall,
- Has any tread or sidewall separation,
- Is flat or has an audible leak, or
- Has a cut to the extent that the ply or belt material is exposed.”
Further, pursuant to 49 CFR 392.7(a), “[n]o commercial motor vehicle shall be driver unless the driver is satisfied that following parts and accessories are in good working order . . . tires.” Under subdivision (b), the truck drivers must also check the “wheels, rims, lugs, tires” because they go onto the road.
Thus, when a truck driver falls to do that and there is a tire blowout, it can result in serious personal injury and be caused by the negligence of a truck driver.
Proving Improper Tire Maintenance in 18 Wheeler Truck Crashes
From the fact that an 18 wheeler tire explodes, that is usually sufficient enough proof of negligence in a New Mexico trucking crash. However, some external factors could cause a tire blowout. Thus you will need to prove liability that the tire tread was obviously defective or dangerous and could have and should have been discovered in a reasonable inspection. This includes looking for evidence of the following:
- Wear damage to the tire shards and leftover pieces that occur over time;
- Driver’s and truck’s logbook to see when the tires were last replaced;
- Evidence that the tread was separating and pulling away as opposed to being sliced or damaged;
- Evidence of the tire being overinflated or under inflated;
- The logbook of when the truck was last inspected, including when the tires were checked; and
- Many other pieces of evidence.
Tire Blowouts Caused by New Mexico Trucking Crashes Can Cause Wrongful Deaths
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced New Mexico car accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. today by dialing (505) 883-5000 You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.