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Beware of Out-Of-Control Large Trucks during Tire Blowout Season

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tire blowouts, truck accidents, San Jose truck accident lawyers, truck maintenance, tire blowout seasonTire blowout season refers to the time between mid-May to early October when tire blowouts are more common. The term was coined by Popular Mechanics to warn motorists of the increased risk, which can lead to truck accidents.

According to Popular Mechanics, there are a number of reasons why this time period is prone to blow outs, most notably the heat associated with the summer months. Experts warn that hotter weather creates hotter pavement making tires warmer, which in turn can cause weakness in tire structure.

During these months, you may notice more “road gators,” or the remnants of tire blowouts, on the shoulders of interstates and highways.

When a big rig truck has a blowout, a driver can quickly lose control of the vehicle and unsuspecting motorists are at risk of being hit. Blowouts occurring at high speeds are even more dangerous and may lead to rollovers.

Other Factors Leading to Blowouts

While heat is a major contributor to blowouts, there are several other reasons why a blowout can occur. Depending on the factor, different parties may be to blame. Such factors include:

  • Improper maintenance. Trucking companies may not follow industry safety standards, which call for regularly replacing tires.
  • Improperly inflated tires. Overinflated tires can put too much pressure on the tires while under inflated tires can cause uneven wear that will affect the structural integrity of the tire.
  • Road hazards. Construction debris, potholes, and uneven pavement can all cause a tire to blowout. In these cases, the driver or trucking company may not be at fault.
  • Overloaded trucks. State and federal laws place limits on how much cargo a truck may carry. Too much weight can place excessive pressure on tires.
  • Accumulated damage. Tires are typically hardy and can withstand a fair amount of use. Blowouts can be caused by a combination of any of the circumstances.

Contact a San Jose, CA Truck Accident Attorney

Our firm knows how to deal with trucking companies and their insurers. Truck accidents present multiple complicating factors in comparison to car accidents, and many truck accident victims quickly feel like they are out of their comfort zone when trying to determine the best legal course of action after a wreck.

As someone who is injured in an accident where another party is at fault, you may be entitled to medical care, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The knowledgeable San Jose truck accident lawyers at the Jachimowicz Law Group can be reached at 408-246-5500.

Source:

http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/how-to/a9399/why-blowouts-happen-and-how-to-avoid-them-15832078/

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