Q: I was recently driving on the Loop when my car was hit by a large piece of truck tire tread. My car and windshield suffered considerable damage. Can I get compensated for my damages?
It is getting harder and harder to drive on Houston area highways without seeing large pieces of truck tire tread scattered throughout traffic lanes. While city and state vehicles will make attempts at clearing the roads of debris, it is hard to keep up with the process throughout the busy daylight hours without interrupting traffic
This is a difficult situation to be in, because you have suffered damages, and it may be difficult to pinpoint exactly what or who is to blame. Unless you see the tread come off of a particular truck, there is almost no way of telling how long the debris had been in the road or what it came from.
Assuming that you saw the truck lose the tread casing, however, you may have a solid case for a negligence claim against the truck driver or trucking company. This is because a truck’s tires are critical pieces of equipment that require regular maintenance and upkeep. If a truck is maintained or operated negligently, many factors may lead to a tire blowout, such as:
- Excessive weight
- Poor alignment
- Excessive speeds
In addition, many trucking companies opt to retread tires rather than purchase new tires, which saves both money and resources. Retreaded tires can be perfectly safe options as long as they are maintained and inspected regularly. Problems arise, however, when companies are lax in their care of retreaded tires. Coupled with negligent operation of the vehicle, retreaded tires could spell disaster for your windshield—or worse.
Because commercial truck driving operations are responsible for maintaining a safe fleet, if a tire blowout caused by negligence on a drivers’ or companies’ behalf leads to a Texas truck accident, those parties can be held financially liable.
If you have been injured by a truck tire blowout that may have been caused by poor maintenance or negligent operation, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages and injuries. Call Houston truck accident injury lawyer Steve Lee to discuss your case today at 800-232-3711.