Trucks driving down the New Jersey Turnpike or I-78 can pose a danger to other vehicles on the road, especially when there is a tire blowout. Some drivers will lose control of their truck, and the resulting accident can cause severe injuries. However, these types of accidents are avoidable in nearly all cases.
Tire blowouts simply do not happen without a cause. There are two ways that blowouts can happen: One is that the tire can be worn down and degraded, and the other is that debris on the roadway causes the tire to fail. Tire wear sparks a blowout nearly 80% of the time. Proper maintenance and inspection of the tire tread and casing can spot conditions that would lead to a blowout, so it is the responsibility of the trucking company to perform the proper maintenance.
When a tire blowout causes the truck to tilt dangerously, the driver’s proper reaction can keep the blowout from causing the accident. They should hit the accelerator and try to keep the truck in traffic long enough that they can steady the vehicle. Only then should they pull to the side of the road. Too often, drivers make sudden movements that can actually make a blowout worse. This increases the danger that a tire blowout could cause a fatal multi-car crash.
When a motorist is hurt in a truck accident, they may be able to file a lawsuit against the trucking company as the responsible party for the accident. This might increase the chance of a larger settlement for the injuries suffered. Truck accident victims may want to hire a motor vehicle accident lawyer to represent them after the crash. The lawyer may assist them with filing the claim and negotiating the settlement.