Posted on April 02, 2015 in Trucking Accidents
It isn’t surprising that trucking accidents caused by
tire blowouts or tire failure typically result in rollovers with multiple
injuries and fatalities. Now, disturbing new statistics seem to indicate that the
number of truck rollovers related to tire blowouts is increasing.
Many truck tires are simply not designed for travel at
very high speeds. However, many drivers
are driving at beyond those limits, causing tires to blowout and semis to rollover.
According to statistics, between 2009 and 2013, there were 14,000 fatal
accidents involving heavy trucks and buses in the United States. Out of those,
223 fatalities were linked to accidents involving truck tires.
According to an investigation conducted by the Associated
Press, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has also
investigated a series of truck rollovers involving trucks fitted with tires
from a major manufacturer and seller. Ultimately,
the agency closed its investigation, and concluded that many of these accidents
were because of the operation of the truck, and not the tires. However, one of
the agency’s investigators claimed that the 75 mph rating for most truck tires
was the most probable cause for the rollovers.
That spotlights another aspect of this disturbing
phenomenon. The fact is that many states now allow higher speed limits for
trucks For example, in states like
Texas, the limit is 85 mph on some highways. Currently, 16 states have limits for trucks that are in excess of 75
mph. At least four states have speed limits of 80 mph.
The problem is that tractor-trailers are not designed to
perform safely beyond the 75 mile-per-hour mark. When a driver operates the
truck at higher speed limits, he is in danger of loss of control because of a
tire blow out.
If we want to make our roads safe, it’s time for everyone
to do their parts. States need to keep
speed limits for trucks at or below 65 mph. Tire manufacturers need to make safer tires. And trucking companies need
to provide better training and rule enforcement for their drivers. Our Atlanta truck accident rel=”nofollow” >lawyers will
continue to do our part by holding negligent parties accountable for the
injuries and damage they cause.