Accidents involving 18-wheeler trucks and other large vehicles can be devastating for all parties involved. Blowouts and other tractor-trailer equipment failures can lead to chain-reaction collisions that can cause serious injuries and may even result in fatalities. Determining who is to blame for these sorts of accidents can be challenging and may require the assistance of an experienced Houston traffic accident lawyer. Here are four of the culprits most often judged to be responsible for truck tire blowout accidents in Texas.
The Trucking Company
Trucking companies are required to perform regular inspections of the equipment used by drivers in their employ and to provide necessary maintenance for these vehicles. Failing to perform these tasks and to maintain detailed service records could result in financial liability for blowout accidents on the part of the trucking firm that employed the driver.
The Truck Maintenance Company
In some cases, the blame may lie with the company contracted to perform these inspections and maintenance tasks rather than with the trucking firm. Your Houston accident injury attorney can check on the backgrounds and qualifications of the technicians who worked on and inspected the truck’s tires to determine whether they had the training needed to accomplish these tasks properly. If not, the truck maintenance company may be held accountable for the accident and any ensuing costs and damages that resulted from it.
The Manufacturer of the Tire
Tire defects and other causes of tire blowouts have resulted in numerous blowouts and accidents over the last decade. Proving that a blowout was caused by a defect in a specific tire, however, is not enough to hold the tire manufacturer liable in most cases. It is usually necessary to show evidence that the manufacturer knew that the tires were defective before the accident and that they failed to take any steps to protect the safety of the public. This can be difficult to prove in a court of law.
The Truck Driver
If the driver of the 18-wheeler was exceeding the speed limit or driving recklessly, it may be possible to show that his or her actions contributed to the accident. Additionally, if the driver failed to conduct a pre-trip inspection of the vehicle before heading out on the road, this alone could result in liability for the truck driver and for the trucking company.
DeSimone Law Office specializes in all facets of Houston traffic accident law and provides the best possible support for our clients both in and out of court. Our team of legal professionals will work with you to make sure you receive the compensation to which you are legally entitled. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident involving an 18-wheeler, call us today at 713-526-0900. At DeSimone Law Office, we want to be your attorneys for life.