Ohio Big Rig Tire Blowout Lawyer
A big rig tire blowout is a disastrous event that can cause the truck driver to lose control. These collisions can cause serious injuries, along with expensive medical bills and property damage. If you have been injured in a big rig tire blowout accident, contact the Ohio truck accident attorneys at Elk & Elk. We can help you and your family seek justice and compensation.
How a Tire Blowout Accident Attorney Can Help
An attorney will have experience going up against powerful trucking companies, tire manufacturers, insurance carriers and other parties. This is important, as the insurance company in charge of handling your claim will most likely try to take advantage of you.
Insurance companies make a profit by devaluing clients’ claims. Hiring a lawyer gives you an experienced and persuasive negotiator who can help you maximize your financial outcome. This is important for your recovery – especially if you have significant injuries that will require long-term medical care.
What Causes Big Rig Tire Blowouts?
A tire blowout describes a tire exploding, rather than a slow leak. It is an extremely dangerous situation, as it can make a truck driver lose control of the big rig. It could cause the truck to jackknife, for example, or rollover. This could lead to catastrophic and multi-vehicle truck collisions.
A few different parties have the power to prevent big-rig tire blowouts. Your personal injury lawyer will first identify the cause of the tire blowout, then use it to identify the defendant. Common causes can include:
- Poor fleet maintenance. It is a trucking company’s responsibility to regularly inspect and maintain its fleet of trucks. If a trucking company is careless in fulfilling this responsibility, a truck could have bald, damaged, underinflated or overinflated tires that are prone to blowouts.
- Defective tires. Some tire blowouts trace back to defective tires, such as big rig tires that wear out unevenly or unusually fast. In these scenarios, the manufacturer of the defective tire will be liable for the truck accident.
- Roadway defect. A roadway defect, such as a pothole, has the power to cause a big rig tire blowout accident. If the government entity in charge of roadway and maintenance reasonably should have repaired the defect prior to the accident, the government could be liable.
- Improper cargo loading. An improperly loaded truck, such as an overloaded truck or imbalanced truck, could place an abnormal amount of strain on the truck’s tires, leading to a blowout in transit. In this scenario, the trucking company or cargo company could be liable.
- Truck driver negligence. A truck driver could share responsibility for a tire blowout accident if he or she did not react appropriately to the emergency. If a reasonable and prudent truck driver could have prevented the accident through a proper reaction, such as slowly hitting the brakes and moving to the side of the road, the truck driver may share liability.
The liable party in your case could be the trucking company, product manufacturer, government, a third party or a combination of parties, depending on the circumstances of your accident. Our attorneys will investigate your tire blowout accident to determine fault. Then, we will help you go up against the at-fault party or parties in pursuit of financial compensation so you can move forward.
Contact a Big Rig Tire Blowout Accident Lawyer in Ohio
A big rig tire blowout accident can cause serious injuries and related losses for you and your family. If you’re dealing with a severe injury, expensive medical bills, pain and suffering, and other losses, please don’t hesitate to contact Elk & Elk to speak to a truck accident attorney for free. You may be eligible for financial compensation from one or more parties. We care about your future. We handle truck accident cases across Ohio, including Cleveland, Cincinnati, Akron, Columbus & More.
Elk & Elk offers free initial consultations. We pick up the phone for clients 24/7/365. Call 1-800-ELK-OHIO or request your meeting online today.