It’s very uncommon for a semi-truck tire blowout to occur for reasons that are not in the hands of the trucking company or the person or entities responsible for inspecting, repairing, or operating the truck. It’s entirely reasonable for a semi-truck driver to come across an unavoidable object or an unexpected pothole and blow out a tire. But for the most part, semi-truck tire blowouts are entirely preventable.
Below are a few reasons why preventable semi-truck tire blowouts occur:
Improperly Installed Tires: Tire professionals sometimes make careless and unnecessary mistakes. When tires are not properly installed by a qualified mechanic, tire installation errors can increase the likelihood of a semi-truck tire blowout.
Truck Driver Error: Truck driver error is one of the more common reasons for a semi-truck tire blowout to occur. For example, a semi-truck driver might hit a curb and cause severe damage to a tire. Also, a truck driver might not notice when a tire has lost pressure and will keep driving that way, unaware that their truck is operating under unsafe conditions.
Inadequate Vehicle Inspection: Semi-truck tires require inspection on a regular basis. Truck tires tend to wear out gradually, and most tire problems can and should be detected or repaired with regular maintenance.
Defective Manufacturing: A semi-truck tire blowout is not always a trucking company’s fault. Sometimes a tire manufacturer is at fault for producing a defective product.
Overloaded Trucks: As a cost effective measure, commercial trucking companies will sometimes overload their trucks. This is a dangerous practice and can easily lead to semi-truck tire blowouts.