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.