A Virginia semi-truck exploded this month in a single vehicle collision that shut down Interstate 81. According to witnesses, the fuel truck’s tire blew out and caused the vehicle to overturn just off the highway. After overturning, the whole truck went up in flames. The driver did not survive this truck accident.
If you spend enough time driving on any highway, you can see blown-out tire fragments scattered along the side. These tire fragments are from semi-trucks and occur when tires are so damaged that they lose all air pressure at once and cause the truck driver to lose control of the vehicle. In some instances, the tire does not merely deflate, but explodes. The force of these dangerous tire blowouts can cause a semi-truck to swerve and even overturn, as is the case in Virginia. Typically, truck tire blowouts are caused by the following:
While cities have a responsibility to maintain the roads, truck companies and truck drivers have a responsibility to regularly inspect and properly maintain the tires. If you have sustained injuries in a truck accident caused by a tire blowout, contact an attorney immediately to help determine the cause and find out what your rights are in the situation.
Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP is a personal injury law firm that helps injury victims in Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland. We help those injured due to truck accidents, car crashes, bicycle accidents and pedestrian accidents. Call us today to speak to an experienced accident attorney.