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The danger of truck accidents caused by flying wheels and tires

On Behalf of | Apr 16, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Huge trucks regularly share Ohio roads with smaller passenger vehicles. Although most have uneventful travels, the number of semis passing through daily increases the risk of accidents. Some are caused by flying wheels and tires; this is how that occurs and the dangers it presents.

Understanding flying wheel and tire accidents

One of the most dangerous types of motor vehicle accidents involves wheels and tires flying off of commercial trucks. When on a highway or freeway, the speed limit is higher, which makes this potentially deadly. An affected truck can crash while its wheels or tires fly behind it and land on the vehicle behind or on the road in the path of a car. Either situation can cause a multi-vehicle accident and catastrophic injuries and deaths.

Causes of these accidents

Usually, a flying wheel or tire truck accident occurs when there’s a defect present or the part was improperly installed. If a wheel or hubcap is screwed on too loosely, it can cause disaster and put everyone on the road at risk. Accidents can also occur when an axle deteriorates and corrodes or a tire wears down.

Liability for flying wheels and tires

Depending on the circumstances, one or more parties could be liable for truck accidents involving flying wheels and tires. Truckers and trucking companies are responsible for proper maintenance to ensure everything is in good working condition. If this is lacking, it means they have violated Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration laws and the truck is unsafe for travel.

A mechanic or manufacturer may also be liable for these types of big rig accidents. The former must perform repairs when necessary while the latter is liable if defective parts cause a crash.

Not all truck accidents are avoidable, but you can reduce your risk. Practice defensive driving and remain alert at all times.