Big Truck Tire Blowouts Can Cause Big Problems

If you spend any amount of time driving on the highway, you will frequently notice signs of a big truck tire blowout. Generally, it looks like jagged shards of rubber debris strewn across the road and can dangerously block the path of oncoming traffic. Although these rubber pieces may seem insignificant, the reality is that big truck tire blowouts can cause devastating consequences. While such factors as hot temperatures and high speeds can increase the chance of a tire blowout, there are many causes that are preventable. Routine maintenance checks and inspections are key to avoiding these:

  • Low or no tread due to high mileage
  • Rotten Spare Tires
  • Wrong size tire(s) for the vehicle
  • Under or over inflating tires
  • Improperly or poorly recapped tire tread
  • Defective tires: ◦The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides a monthly report about defective and/or recalled vehicle products such as tires, available at NHTSA Defects & Recalls.

These big truck tire blowouts can result in all types of vehicle crashes, including rollovers, which can cause serious injuries to passengers. In the event that you were involved in an accident as a result of a big truck tire blowout, the truck driver or the trucking company may have failed to maintain their equipment adequately and could possibly be held accountable for the accident. Routine tire maintenance is the only way to reduce your chances of having a blowout. Driving a safe distance from big trucks may save you from the dangerous flying debris of a tire blowout, and it is always a good idea to stay alert to avoid any rubber debris that may be directly in your path.