Who Is Liable After an Arizona Commercial Truck Tire Blowout Accident?
You have seen ripped up tire fragments on the side of a highway or even in the middle of the road causing you to unexpectedly swerve out of the way to avoid hitting them. Almost every driver has come across shredded commercial truck tire parts that remain on the road from a tire blowout incident. While you may have not actually experienced what it is like to witness a tire blowout, those who have to know-how startling and terrifying the situation is. A large commercial truck tire blowout scene is scary for any driver on the road who is in the path of the destruction and it is also quite frightening for the truck driver themselves.
Driving next to a large commercial truck, anything can happen including a tire blowout. Tire blowouts happen frequently and when they happen they can cause massive ruin and havoc. Every year over 400 lives will be lost due to tire blowouts on the road. While unpredictable, these situations are highly dangerous. If you have been hurt in an Arizona large truck accident, call the Arizona large truck accident attorneys at ELG. Large truck accidents are often very complex and determining who is liable can be complicated. The Pheonix large truck accident attorneys at ELG have extensive experience helping victims of Pheonix commercial truck accidents obtain all the compensation they need for their damages from all parties who are liable.
When a Tire Blowout Happens, Who is Liable?
Tire blowouts not only result in hundreds of deaths each year they are responsible for causing close to 80,000 crashes annually, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. When a huge 80,000 lb. tractor-trailer truck tire blowout happens, the truck driver will have significant difficulty operating their truck and keeping it under control. As it spins out any other car that is near the frenzied scene is at increased risk for being hit and all occupants inside the car severely injured if not gravely injured.
Who does a victim of an Arizona tire blowout accident hold accountable for their damages? Figuring out which parties or entities are liable for the damages that victims suffer depends on the details of the incident. Potentially the truck driver, the trucking company, or even the tire manufacturer could be held to account.
- The truck driver will be liable when the truck driver is an independent contractor and failed to comply with regulations set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. If it can be proven that the driver was reckless and non-compliant with the regulations it can be argued that this is what caused the tire blowout to occur which caused your accident and lead to your damages.
- A truck driver who is employed by a trucking company and who is on the job at the time of the tire blowout will likely result in the trucking company being held liable.
- If it can be shown that the tires themselves were defective, then the tire manufacturer would be liable.
Speak with an Arizona Personal Injury Attorney Today
Settlement amounts tend to be much higher after a catastrophic Arizona semi-truck accident because typically, more significant damages result. To secure all of the money that you are entitled to after your Arizona truck accident, schedule a free consultation to discuss your case with the Phoenix serious injury attorneys at ELG by calling (623) 877-3600.