Were you seriously injured in a truck crash?
While everyone on the road is expected to take care of their vehicle to ensure that it remains in perfect working order, a truck driver is held to a higher safety standard because his or her entire career is based upon transporting tens of thousands of pounds of goods across the country. When a truck driver fails to properly maintain the truck, it can lead to a catastrophic failure, endangering the lives of everyone on the road. Tire maintenance is one of the most important things that need to be monitored. If any of the tires blow out while traveling at highway speed, the driver can easily lose control of the truck and cause a catastrophic crash.
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What can cause a truck tire blowout?
The companies that manufacture and produce truck tires track their products extensively in order to get a clear picture of what causes their products to fail and any issues that need to be addressed. While they closely guard the exact data for competitive business reasons, they have released general information about the most common reasons why truck tires blow out.
- Wear and Tear: While truck tires are designed to carry 80,000-pound vehicles hundreds of thousands of miles across the country, they aren’t designed to be invincible. If these products aren’t given the care and attention they need, they become increasingly likely to burst as time goes by.
- Dangerous Road Conditions: Whether the roads are covered with broken tree branches after a particularly nasty storm or whether they’re littered with uneven surfaces, cracks, and potholes, less than ideal road conditions take their toll on trucks and their tires and can speed up the rate at which they deteriorate or even be the final straw that causes them to burst.
- Overloaded Vehicles: The largest trucks can only weigh up to 80,000 pounds in order to limit the amount of stress they need to withstand while traveling. Even with these federal regulations in place, trucking companies, manufacturers, and drivers may try to push the limits in order to fit even more products into their vehicles and maximize the value of their trip. While this may provide a slight increase in the economic value of their journeys, it puts everyone else on the road at risk.
- Overinflated Tires: Some drivers may overinflate their tires above the recommended limit in order to increase their truck’s carrying capacity, but they do so at their own risk – and overinflated tire puts additional stress on the internal components of their tires like the composites, rubber, fabric, steel, etc. The longer the drivers keep their tires overinflated, the greater the risk of catastrophic failure becomes.
- Underinflated Tires: Similar to overinflated tires, underinflated tires puts additional stress on the internal components, increasing the rate that heat will build up through friction. Tires most often become underinflated when the truck travels to colder climates and the driver fails to check the tires to ensure they haven’t dropped below the recommended levels, or if there’s an unidentified leak that compromises its structural integrity.
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