In 2015, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported over 370,000 motor vehicle accidents occurred in Florida within the year. As you can imagine, a large number of these accidents involved commercial trucks on the highway. Sadly, a large number of these serious, and oftentimes deadly, accidents could have been prevented. As a personal injury attorney, I see a large number of truck accidents caused by commercial trucks having tire blowouts. These blowouts can be caused by a variety of factors. However, one thing is certain; the majority of the blowouts are caused due to truck drivers or truck owner’s negligence. Keep in mind that owners and operators of trucks have an obligation to make sure their truck is safe to be operated on our roads. Nevertheless, truck drivers and owners sometimes fail to check for obvious things that could cause a blowout.
For example, if a truck has been overloaded with cargo or the tires have been underinflated, the result could be a tire blowout. In other words, a simple inspection can prevent a serious accident. In addition, sometimes the blowout is caused by the driver/operator of the truck’s failure to properly maintain the tires. As expected, truck tires that have low tread or are rotting due to age are more susceptible to a blowout. Again, a simple check of the vehicle’s tires could prevent an accident. Unfortunately, the result of the truck driver’s negligent failure to inspect can be devastating and cause catastrophic injuries to an innocent person. As such, the law allows individuals injured to recover monetary damages from the negligent driver and owner of the commercial truck. In some cases depending on the level of negligence, the victims may be entitled to recover punitive damages which are designed to punish.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a truck tire blowout, seek the help of a qualified truck tire blowout accident attorney in Florida. At LaBovick Law Group we have a team of qualified attorneys prepared to discuss your case 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Do not forget the consultation is free!