Tire Blowout Accidents
Motorists and others sharing the road with commercial trucks are at risk of big rig tire failure and the devastating consequences that may follow an accident resulting from a tire blowout. There are different contributing causes of tire blowouts, and often either the driver or the trucking company is legally at fault for a tire blowout accident. At Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca, we represent people hurt in an accident with a truck, gathering evidence that supports a claim for compensation from all at-fault parties. Tire blowout accidents may cause severe harm, and by enlisting the help of a Chicago truck accident attorney at our firm, victims can set forth their right to compensation, which helps ease the financial strain following a collision.Set Forth a Strong Personal Injury Claim for Compensation After a Tire Blowout Accident
Weak tires that are subjected to impact or sudden pressure may burst or rapidly lose air pressure. Blowouts often take place when a truck tire hits a pothole, or when it is underinflated or overloaded. Semi-trucks run on 18 wheels to disperse the weight, and when the tires have been overextended at maximum capacity, the tires are at risk of blowing out. In any of these situations, tires that have been worn down over time may result in a blowout accident more quickly than other tires.
Often, tire blowout accidents result when the weight balance of a truck is thrown off. Small changes on a large truck, with a high center of gravity and a narrow distance between the wheels, may have large effects. When a tire blows out, it changes the height of a truck and may pull the vehicle to the ground or lead to the truck rolling. Trucks sometimes keel to one side, the cab may snap, and the driver may be seriously harmed. Vehicles in the path of a truck that has suffered a tire blowout may suffer catastrophic injuries. In short, tire blowouts cause truck drivers to lose control of their vehicle, and due to the weight and size of commercial trucks, this poses a serious risk of harm.
Drivers and passengers who suffer harm in a tire blowout crash have a legal right to pursue damages from the truck driver and potentially their employer. Injured individuals pursuing a legal claim may recover damages from any party responsible for the tire blowout and the resulting accident. The truck driver, as the individual operating the vehicle, has a duty to use reasonable care and maintain the truck through proper inspection and record-keeping. Meanwhile, the trucking company may not have proper records or maintenance logs, and in some cases, it may have knowingly broken maintenance rules in order to save time or money. Victims have a right to hold a negligent trucking company and driver responsible for damages that they have caused.
The plaintiff has the burden of setting forth specific evidence showing that the driver or the truck company either failed to take a reasonable action or acted in an unreasonable manner. The insurance company that represents the driver will work to minimize legal fault and fight back against the claims brought by the plaintiff. A skilled attorney will help set forth documented evidence of negligence or reckless conduct.
After successfully proving liability in a personal injury lawsuit, the victim likely will be able to recover monetary compensation for all accident-related costs. Property damage, medical bills, and wages from work missed due to injuries are examples of economic damages that may be secured. Additionally, injured truck accident victims often document their decreased quality of life due to their injuries and recover compensation for the emotional pain and suffering that they have endured due to the accident.Gain the Insight That You Need from a Skilled Chicago Attorney
At Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca, our tractor-trailer crash attorneys fight for the rights of victims of commercial vehicle accidents. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a tire blowout accident, our Chicago lawyers can work to seek the maximum compensation available under the law. We provide a free consultation with a skilled attorney and can be reached online or by calling (800) 444-1525. We have represented residents of Springfield, Rockford, Aurora, Champaign, Quincy, and other communities in Cook, Sangamon, Kane, Winnebago, Adams, and Champaign Counties.