Montgomery, AL- No matter what type of vehicle a person drives, tires are critical. A failing or worn tire on a car or a commercial truck can cause a devastating crash, but sometimes they are overlooked. A recent inspection of commercial trucks found that some trucking companies are not taking care of their tires and ignoring safety.
In their annual Roadcheck, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance focused on tires and learned that the most common violation was tread depth, according to Trucking Info. During Roadcheck 2016, conducted between June 6 and June 8, inspectors issue 5,203 tire violations, nearly half of which were issued for tread depth less than 2/32 inch, which is the minimum tread depth allowed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Additionally, 641 truck were cited for exposed fabric or flat tire, 518 for separation of tread or sidewalls and 743 were cited for an audible leak or Trucking Info reported.
Over 5,000 citations isn’t a widespread pattern, but it does hint at a willingness of truck drivers and trucking companies to ignore tire safety. In fact, mechanical issues are one of the leading causes of commercial truck accidents.
Worn tires are a serious issue, but not all tire-related accidents are tied to tire failure alone, sometimes there are external factors or driving behaviors which can cause tire failure. Speed is one of the actions that lead to tire failure as a recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed.Too much weight can cause a truck to blow out a tire and crash.
After a rash of truck accidents caused by tire blowouts, the trucking industry asked the NHTSA to investigate Michelin truck tires. There was concern that the tires were failing because a manufacturing defect, but as it turns out, Michelin was not responsible, instead speed was the main culprit which means truck drivers were pushing tires beyond their limit.
The NHTSA discovered that truck drivers were exceeding the maximum speed recommend for a tire. According to the NHTSA, those commercial trucks were manufactured to withstand not more than 75 mph. Exceeding that speed for a prolonged period caused heat to build and the tire to fail. The federal agency also found that in nearly all of the accidents cited by the trucking industry were the fault of a truck driver because they were traveling well above the recommended speed.Too much weight can cause a truck to blow out a tire and crash.
The trucking industry also ignores tire safety by overloading their vehicles. Federal authorities limit the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of a commercial truck to 80,000 lbs., but those limits are dismissed, and trucks are loading with more weight than the tires can withstand. Overloading a truck will put excessive stress on the tires causing it to weaken and possibly blow out.
If you were in a truck accident, in Montgomery, we recommend you speak with a truck accident lawyer knowledgeable about the state’s personal injury laws to get their advice about your case. We recommend you contact the Law Office of Morris Bart in Montgomery at (334) 834-1800 and set up a consultation. You can depend on the legal team at Morris Bart to go the extra mile for you and your truck accident claim.