Tire Blowout Accidents
Experienced Truck Accident Lawyers Serving Memphis and Beyond
If you share the road with a big rig in or around Tennessee and suffer injuries in a tire blowout accident, you may be able to recover damages. The potential dangers of a tire blowout involving a commercial truck are tremendous, and there may be injuries directly from the truck, such as when a truck driver loses control or debris goes flying, or even when the shredded rubber remains on the road. Our Memphis truck accident lawyers understand the complexities of truck accidents and are prepared to help you seek the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Establishing Negligence in Tire Blowout Accidents
Many drivers of cars experience a tire blowout, which can be just as dangerous as when an extremely heavy truck experiences a tire blowout. It can become impossible for the truck driver to keep control of the vehicle, and sometimes the loss of control results in jackknifing or rolling over. The causes of a tire blowout can include tire punctures, poor maintenance, improper inflation, use of refurbished tires, or tire delamination.
If the truck driver is to blame for the tire blowout, it may be possible to recover damages from the driver or trucking company. For example, if the truck driver was responsible for maintaining the tires and failed to do so, an accident victim may be able to recover damages from the driver by establishing his negligence. The victim will have to show that the driver should have used reasonable care, but didn’t, and that this failure to use reasonable care caused his or her injuries.
Sometimes a trucking company is responsible for a tire blowout. For example, if one of its employees failed to properly maintain the truck, including the tires, and this resulted in a blowout, the trucking company may be vicariously or directly liable for the blowout if the driver was acting within the course and scope of his or her employment. In many cases, trucking companies have greater insurance coverage than individual drivers do, which makes it more likely that accident victims can recover the full range of damages to which they are legally entitled.
Sometimes, a tire blowout is the result of a product defect. For example, tire delamination may be caused by a defect in the manufacture or design of the tire. Tire delamination happens when the steel belts and tread of the tire separate from other layers of the tire, resulting in blowout or a sudden deflation. In order to hold a tire manufacturer responsible in a product liability lawsuit, an experienced product liability attorney will need to investigate why the delamination occurred. If the delamination is the result of a design or manufacturing defect, it may be possible to recover damages from the tire manufacturer or others in the chain of distribution.
Damages arising out of a truck tire blowout accident may be extensive. There may be multiple accident victims, all making a claim against the driver’s policy. It is important for your attorney to examine all possible causes of the accident, and it may be necessary to retain an accident reconstruction expert to look at the debris, testimony, driver logs, maintenance records, and other evidence to figure out all contributing causes of an accident so that the appropriate defendants may be brought into the case.
Consult an Experienced Truck Accident Attorney in Memphis
It is common for bystanders and those in smaller vehicles to suffer catastrophic injuries after a truck accident in Tennessee. In most cases, the truck driver and trucking company will have experienced and aggressive attorneys. Likewise, you should make sure your interests are protected by a knowledgeable Memphis truck accident attorney. Our firm will work diligently to see that you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. We employ more than 30 attorneys and over 100 staff members. We represent clients throughout the South in Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Arkansas including in Caruthersville, Hayti, Oxford, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, Tupelo, Meridian, Jackson, Little Rock, Jonesboro, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, and Nashville. Call Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz at 800-LAW-4004 or complete our online form. Let us show you why NST is the way to go.