Commercial Truck Tire Blowouts Can Cause Serious Accidents
Large commercial trucks like semis, tractor-trailers, tanker trucks, and car haulers are an unavoidable constant of roadways throughout the United States. These vehicles and their cargo can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds and travel at speeds of 70 miles per hour or more, and when their tires blowout, it can cause drivers to lose control and cause catastrophic accidents. After blowouts, trucks can veer into other lanes, jackknife, and even roll over, potentially injuring anyone in the vicinity. In addition, in some cases, the debris from the tire itself can cause injury or a secondary accident when other motorists take evasive action to avoid it.
Innocent victims who are involved in accidents caused by commercial truck tire blowouts often sustain extremely serious injuries, including:
● Broken bones
● Severe soft tissue injuries
Can Victims of Truck Tire Blowout Accidents Recover Compensation?
If you have been injured in an accident involving a commercial truck blowout, you may be wondering whether you can recover compensation for your accident-related injuries and losses. Under New York law, people who are injured in accidents caused by the negligence of others are legally entitled to compensation, so if you can show that a blowout occurred because of negligence, you will likely be able to recover. Some common causes of tire blowouts that are typically attributable to negligence include:
● Traveling faster than the speed rating of the tire
● Failing to check tire pressure prior to a trip
● Driving on under-inflated or over-inflated tires
● Loading a truck with cargo with weight in excess of the tire load limits
● Defective tire design, manufacture, or marketing
Protecting Your Rights after a Truck Tire Blowout Accident
There are certain steps you should take to protect your rights after an accident with a commercial vehicle. The most important of these are discussed below.
Document Information about Your Crash
Make sure to get the names of the drivers involved in the accident and document the name of the company responsible for the operation of the commercial truck. If you can, take pictures of the aftermath of the accident.
Seek Medical Attention
After an accident, you should always seek medical attention, even if you do not think your injuries are that severe. It's critical that you have official documentation about your injuries when it comes time to make a claim to the insurance company or prove your damages in court.
Call a Lawyer as Soon as You Can
As an accident victim, it’s critical that you retain a lawyer as soon as possible after an accident. While you are unrepresented by counsel, there is a chance that you will say or do something that can hurt your chances of getting the compensation to which you are legally entitled under the law. In addition, if you wait, it could result in the loss or destruction of evidence vital to the success of your case.
Call Us Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with a New York Truck Accident Attorney
At Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman, we have been helping injured victims get the compensation to which they are legally entitled for more than 80 years. To schedule a free consultation with a truck accident lawyer in New York, call our office today at 212-285-3300 or contact us online.