Risk of Tire Failure From Improper Tire Inflation
Many factors can cause truck accidents, but one often overlooked is the condition of the truck's tires. Tires that are not adequately inflated can cause several problems that could lead to an accident. Here's what you need to know.
The Dangers of Underinflated Tires
One of the most common causes of underinflated tires is simply neglect. Truck drivers may not think to check their tire pressure regularly, or they may not have the proper equipment to do so. As a result, the tires can slowly lose air over time without anyone realizing it. In addition, underinflated tires mean that the tire is more prone to friction, thus overheating. Overheating can mean increased wear and tear and the risk of a tire blowout.
Another cause of underinflated tires is a slow leak. This can be caused by a nail or other sharp object puncturing the tire or a problem with the valve stem. If not caught early, a slow leak can lead to the tire being significantly underinflated by the time the driver realizes there is a problem.
The dangers of driving on underinflated tires are numerous. As mentioned above, it can lead to loss of control and accidents. In addition, it puts unnecessary stress on the truck's suspension and other components and can cause the tires to wear out more quickly.
The Dangers of Overinflated Tires
While underinflated tires are a serious problem, overinflated tires can also be dangerous. Overinflated tires can cause the truck to bounce or sway, making the truck more difficult to control. In addition, overinflated tires are more likely to blow out due to decreased traction when in contact with the road. Tires with too much air are less flexible, and the rigidity can more easily lead to a tire blowout after hitting a bump or other elements in the road.
Safety Tips When Driving Next To Trucks
It's impossible to know if the truck you are driving near has improperly inflated tires and if a tire blowout is about to happen. However, learning to drive safely when sharing the roads with large trucks is critical to avoiding crashes.
First, drive at a safe distance behind trucks. If a large truck is tailgating you and following too closely behind you, move aside to another lane or pull over to let them pass. Trucks take longer to stop, and if you are in front of them and stop short, it could lead to a severe rear-end crash. It's also critical to stay out of a truck's blind spots, also known as "no zones." When passing a large truck, be aware of your surroundings and pass on the left where they can see you more easily. It’s critical to keep in mind that if you can’t see a truck driver in their rearview mirror, they can’t see you.
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If you have been involved in a truck accident, it is crucial to speak with an experienced attorney who can help you investigate all possible causes, including whether or not improperly inflated tires played a role. Our team at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP is here to help protect your rights and hold negligent parties accountable for their actions.
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