Can I Recover Damages for an Accident Caused by a Truck Tire Blowout?

Can I Recover Damages for an Accident Caused by a Truck Tire Blowout?

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November 14, 2017
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The short answer to this question is yes, although the success or failure of a case will depend on a number of factors, including whether the injured party is represented by an attorney, so if you were involved in an accident caused by a tire blowout, please contact a member of our truck accident legal team to learn more about filing a claim.

What Causes Tire Failure?

Although any type of tire can fail, truck tire blowouts are usually more serious, as the vehicle involved is much heavier and larger than a standard sized car, so if a tire blowout causes a driver to lose control of the truck, any resulting collisions are much more likely to involve multiple vehicles. There are a variety of reasons why a tire, and a truck tire in particular might fail, including:

  • A defect in the design, manufacturing, or assembly of the tire itself;
  • A lack of maintenance; or
  • A failure to conduct inspections.

All drivers should regularly check their tires for wear and tear, but truck drivers are actually required by law to do so, as inspecting tires regularly can prevent hundreds of collisions every year. Primarily drivers and their employers are instructed to check for the following problems:

  • Evidence of wear on the tread or sidewalls;
  • Tread or sidewall separation;
  • Audible leaks;
  • Flat tires; and
  • Cuts or punctures in the tires themselves.

Commercial truck drivers are also given specific instructions on how to properly load vehicles, as overloading can place too much pressure on tires, eventually leading to tire failure. Finally, truck drivers and the companies that employ them are required to ensure that their vehicles are equipped with the appropriate tires and that all tires satisfy minimum tread depth requirements. This is an extremely important step because tire failure is much more likely to occur when a heavily laden truck has mismatched tires.


Drivers and truck companies that fail to fulfill these requirements can be held liable for any resulting accidents. However, the injured parties will need to demonstrate that the blowout was caused by a lack of maintenance or inspection and so can directly be linked to the at-fault party’s negligence. When a tire fails because it was defectively designed or assembled, the manufacturer can be held legally liable for accident-related damages, especially if it knew about the defect and failed to issue a recall.

The Dangers of Tire Failure

A tire blowout on a passenger vehicle can cause a driver to momentarily lose control or even veer off of the road, especially when traveling at high speeds. However, when industrial-sized tires fail, the loss of control is much more severe. This is because industrial sized truck tires have an extremely high amount of air pressure, that when released, and combined with the weight of the truck and its cargo can easily cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle or even rollover. Truck drivers whose tires blowout are especially at risk of jackknifing, which could cause a number of collisions across multiple lanes.

Call Our Legal Team Today

If you were involved in an accident caused by another vehicle’s tire blowout, please contact us at Nickola Law by calling 810-767-5420 to schedule a meeting with an experienced truck accident attorney who can evaluate your case.


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