Tire Blowout Accidents
Were you or a loved one seriously injured in a tire blowout accident involving a commercial truck? You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, vehicle repairs, and non-economic damages. The Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys at Englander Peebles can evaluate your case in a free consultation to determine if you have grounds for a claim.
Our South Florida truck accident lawyers have the knowledge, resources, and courtroom experience to go up against even the largest insurers and trucking companies. We are passionate about helping the injured pursue justice and the compensation they need to move on with life. Call us today at (954) 500-4878 for a free case evaluation.Who May Be Liable for a Tire Blowout Semi-Truck Accident?
Big-rig tire failure can result in catastrophic accidents and serious injuries to innocent law-abiding drivers. These collisions are unfortunately far more common than they should be. According to the most recent data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, tire issues contribute to 6% of all semi-truck accidents, and 66% of people who died in large truck crashes in 2016 were passenger-vehicle occupants.
All drivers are required by law to exercise “reasonable care.” This includes not only obeying traffic laws but also keeping their vehicles (and tires) in safe condition; however, that does not necessarily mean truck drivers are always liable for tire blowout accidents.
For example, liability against the trucker may be reduced if an external factor, such as a pothole or debris in the road, caused the blowout. In this scenario, it is important to evaluate the actions the truck driver took during and after the blowout as this may affect his or her liability.
It is also possible for tire manufacturers to be held liable if a defect in the tire’s design caused the blowout. A mechanic or the party who installed the tire also may also be liable if they did not notice the defect or if they failed to install the tire properly.
For your personal injury claim to be successful, evidence must be shown to prove the cause of the blowout. The Fort Lauderdale truck accident lawyers at Englander Peebles can conduct a thorough investigation into your collision and gather the evidence needed to prove liability. This evidence may include:
- Photos of the tire that blew out;
- Photos that show the positions of vehicles, skid marks, the intersection, and weather conditions;
- Eyewitness testimony;
- Testimony from an accident reconstruction expert;
- Timelines and illustrations;
- Data from the truck’s black box;
- Surveillance footage of the crash;
- The police report.
Tire blowout accidents can occur due to many different factors. Common causes of tire blowout truck accidents in Florida include:
- Potholes in the road;
- General wear and tear;
If you or someone you love was seriously hurt in a truck wreck, contact Englander Peebles today to discuss your options for recovering compensation. Call (954) 500-4878 to schedule a free consultation with a Broward County truck accident attorney.