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Truck Tire Blowout Accidents

Anyone who has driven on highways in Seattle or Kirkland has seen shreds and scraps of tires from 18 wheelers and semi-trucks. Sometimes you have to swerve to avoid hitting them if they are in the middle of the road, because often times the scraps and shreds are not on the side of the road.

Tire blowouts, unfortunately, are very common on highways in Seattle, Kirkland, and Washington State. They are rarely just accidents, however, despite how the insurance company for the trucking company may argue them to be. Instead, they are often deliberate choices made by the trucking company in neglecting to properly maintain their vehicles.

Washington State Truck Tire Blowout Laws

A tire will blowout on a car, truck, or SUV when a tire’s tread detaches because of a couple of factors, which are mostly attributable to friction, wear and tear, and heat. While too much tire pressure can lead to accidents because it affects how a car performs, not enough tire pressure in a tire can also affect a tire as well and lead to a blowout. Other reasons for tire blowouts are when semi-trucks and 18-wheelers accidentally run over something that is left on the highway or when the truck is simply hauling too much weight.

It is very important to prove liability in a case and to do this you have to prove that the tire blowout was the result of a trucking company’s negligence. You might wonder how this can be accomplished. Here are a few of the more obvious and common ways:

  • Prove that the company did not regularly check the tires on the truck
  • Prove that the company did not know the proper tire pressure
  • Prove that the company did not properly inspect truck as a whole
  • Prove that the company did not train the driver of the truck

Tire blowouts often occur in warmer months when the roads are hot, such as the summer between May and September. When a tire blows out, it can be terrifying for those on the road and for the driver of the semi-truck. Sometimes the driver cannot control his or her truck, and the truck veers out of control and can even flip over on its side.

Some additional reasons for a tire blowout occur because of very large and severe potholes. If the tire hits the pothole very hard, the pothole will rip through the rubber like a knife puncturing a balloon, blowing the tire out at once.

This can be a sudden thing that does not give the truck driver much warning. Most trucks on the road that carry approximately 12,000 pounds of freight are supposed to have a tire pressure that is set at 110 PSI. Many truckers and trucking companies are not diligent in checking to make sure that their tires are in fact inflated to this level. While it may seem paradoxical, it can often be just as hazardous to have a tire over-inflated because over-inflated tires are just as likely to lead to tire blowouts.

Common Tire Blowout Injuries

Injuries from tire blowouts can be significant. If you’ve been hurt by a tire blowout accident, you need to seek immediate medical care from a qualified and experienced medical professional. Depending on the nature of your injuries, you should see a physiatrist, orthopedic, primary doctor, chiropractor, or physical therapist. Whoever you see should be qualified to the particular injuries you’re suffering from.

Common injuries from tire blowouts are:

  • Whiplash
  • Concussion
  • Headaches
  • Knee injuries
  • Herniated discs
  • Bulging discs

After suffering a significant injury, you should not delay in receiving medical care to address your particular ailment.

How The Jackman Law Firm can Help

If you have been involved in an accident with a semi-truck or 18 wheeler because of tire blowout, chances are very high that the accident has left a huge impact and scar on your life. You may be facing significant medical bills that you don’t know how to pay, especially if you do not have insurance. You’re also likely receiving phone calls from lots of insurance companies. If you have been injured by a semi-truck because of a tire blowout, then the Jackman Law Firm can help:

  • Recover money for lost wages
  • Recover money for medical bills
  • Recover money for pain and suffering
  • Recover money for out of pocket expenses

The Jackman Law Firm can also help prove your case if by some chance the opposing insurance company claims you are somehow at fault for the accident, perhaps claiming, as they sometimes do, that you swerved in front of the truck or braked too suddenly in front of the truck. If this event occurs, you need an attorney who can help you by interviewing witnesses, subpoenaing documents and video surveillance footage, talking to the police, assuming they came to the scene.

Most importantly, the Jackman Law Firm can unearth the documents that the trucking company has on the particular semi-truck, the driver they hired, their policies with respect to semi-truck safety, especially regarding tires and tire blowouts, and the annual budget they devote to safety.

Many trucking companies and the insurance companies who insure them will fight to make sure that their internal documents and procedures do not come to light, but it is important to unearth these documents to help prove the validity of your claim and prove that there was negligence on the part of the trucking company.

If you need help recovering monetary damages and proving your case, feel free to call The Jackman Law Firm for a free consultation. We are here to help you.

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