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FACTS ABOUT SEMI-TRUCK TIRE BLOWOUTS


All large commercial trucking companies have a legal duty to ensure that their trucks are operating at the highest standards of safety. This includes, among other preventative measures, ensuring that every truck they put on the road is equipped with safe tires. Trucking companies don’t always live up to their legally mandated safety standards, however. Sometimes, they put semi-trucks on the road with unsafe tires.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) conducted a recent and comprehensive study to determine why semi-truck crashes occur. The FMCSA exclusively reviewed semi-truck crashes that resulted in injuries or deaths. Of the almost 142,000 large truck accidents that were studied, 8,000, or 5.6% were caused by truck tire blowouts.

WHY DO SEMI-TRUCK TIRE BLOWOUTS HAPPEN?


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.