Tractor trailers increase highway dangers due to their size, weight and stopping distance to name a few points that are focused on by trucking industry regulators. The size of a truck causes more damage than that of a passenger-sized vehicle and is accounted for in formal settlements between parties. Due to the increased load and weight on trucks, the braking ability is also compromised under emergent braking conditions. The movement of commercial motor vehicles has significant impacts on the safety conditions and traffic patterns of Indiana’s roadways since they travel more than 9.5 billion miles annually. The physical demands placed on drivers is also a consideration in accident prevention, as many of the trucks have deadlines they have to meet that may cause a driver to be fatigued or not carry out pre-travel inspections including tire evaluations.
Truck regulations and maintenance.
Maintenance is of great concern in the trucking industry, as deviations in mechanical inspections and safety measures can cause catastrophic injury and death to drivers sharing roadways with commercial trucks and tractor trailers. As an effort to keep trucks safe and reduce roadway incidents spot checking equipment before each trip is required by drivers. The equipment that must be checked before trips includes:
Loose tire injuries.
When a truck tire breaks apart, tire debris can become a deadly projectile thrown through the air landing on vehicles, or causing dangerous conditions once it lands on the highway itself. Flying tire parts can smash windshields, and debris on roadway can make a dangerous condition, both cases may cause drivers to swerve and lose control of their vehicles.
Conditions that may cause a truck tire to break or come loose include:
Liability for wheel separation accidents.
There are multiple possible defendants when a truck wheel or truck tire causes an injury on the roads of Indiana and those parties include a:
Seek legal counsel.
In a case where an injury, damages and/or loss of life occurred, an accident victim will need to hire an experienced personal injury attorney who is familiar with the trucking industry to investigate and review all of the data pertaining to the reasons why the accident occurred to determine degrees of fault and how to proceed with a successful legal claim.