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Defective Truck Tires: Another Cause of Road Catastrophe

To be able to drive an 18-wheeler truck or any type of commercial motor vehicle (CMV), drivers will need to possess a level of skill, knowledge, physical abilities, and experience that is higher than the level needed in operating non-commercial vehicles. This is to ensure that CMV drivers are capable of handling their vehicle well, especially during very bad weather conditions, when roads are not totally safe, or during emergencies.

While car accidents can potentially damage vehicles and cause severe physical injuries, just imagine what sort of injury and damage an 18-wheeler would cause if it collides with other vehicles or rams any object along its path. Other than having qualified drivers to handle their trucks, however, trucking companies must also make sure that every truck in their fleet is properly maintained and in good condition, before these are taken for cross-country drives.

Reports to, and studies by, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that driver training and the 11-hour maximum driving duty imposed by the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), have contributed in reducing the number of truck accidents due to driver fatigue and exhaustion. The driver’s condition is not the only cause of truck accidents, however; occasionally, vital truck parts, like brakes and tires, which are poorly manufactured and which are actually more dangerous as these can easily make the driver lose total control of the vehicle, are the reasons for the most damaging accidents involving trucks.

To ensure safe and good tire performance, the Department of Transportation has mandated a minimum tread depth requirement for truck tires. Tires that fall short of the DOT’s requirement are recalled and posted on the department’s official website.

The manufacture of defective and low-quality tires is a case of manufacturer negligence – an act that requires the negligent party to compensate any person who might be injured in an accident due to the defective product. On its website, Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., also strongly points out the duty of the irresponsible liable party, in this case, the manufacturer, in giving financial compensation to the victim who will be faced with sudden financial woes forced upon him/her by the accident.

In the case of the truck driver, besides the right to sue the manufacturer for damages, he/she may also be entitled to receive financial assistance through the Workman’s Compensation Insurance benefits if the accident occurred during the performance of his/her job. Part of the coverage of the workman’s comp includes the injured driver’s medical expenses and lost wages due to inability to report for work.

2 Responses to “Defective Truck Tires: Another Cause of Road Catastrophe”

  1. Rottier says:

    Imagine the effects of a tire blowing out on a crowded highway. Terrifying!

  2. Ryan Ruehle says:

    I sent this around, good post

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