Flying tire accidents are not that rare of an occurrence on Indiana highways, where drivers have been seriously injured, or died after being hit by a flying tire from a large truck. The size of a truck causes more damage than that of a passenger-sized vehicle when accidents occur, including accidents caused by the larger tire debris, resulting in higher settlements between parties. Commercial motor vehicles, including tractor trailers, have significant safety impacts on Indiana’s roadways, since they travel more than 9.5 billion miles annually. An accident attorney can help with insurance claims, or legal action after an accident causes harm and injury.
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:
- service brakes, including trailer-brake connections.
- Parking brakes.
- Lighting devices and reflectors.
- Steering mechanisms.
- Tires – it is common for a truck to lose a tire, or for tread to break apart.
- Windshield wipers.
- Coupling devices.
- Wheels and rims.
- Rear mirror.
- Emergency notification markers and equipment.
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 on the highway itself, leading drivers to swerve and lose control of their vehicles.
Conditions that may cause a truck tire to break or come loose include:
- Tread burn,
- Tread separation,
- Spare tire use,
- Problems with the wheel, or rim.
Indiana is a “fault,” state with regard to auto accidents, and requires drivers to carry a minimum amount of property damage and liability auto insurance. Accident victims have the right to pursue a personal injury, or property damage claim against an at-fault driver. This is referred to as filing a “third-party” claim. The State of Indiana follows the modified comparative negligence rule, where an individual recovers damages if they are 50% or less at fault for an accident.
A truck accident lawyer in Indiana can help identify possible defendants when a truck wheel, or truck tire causes an injury on Indiana roadways and those parties include a:
- Truck driver who failed to inspect tires.
- Truck owner did not provide wheel and tire maintenance.
- Tire manufacturer in cases of tire defects.
Seek legal counsel.
When accidental injury, property damage and/or loss of life occurs because of a flying tire, an accident victim will need to hire an experienced truck accident attorney, who is familiar with industry standards and laws, to investigate and prove liability for the accident.