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Oregon Blowout Tire Accident Lawyers - Bend/Portland, OR

All large commercial trucks have a lot of important mechanical parts, but the most important and well-known part of an 18 wheeler may obviously be the wheels.  Commercial trucks like 18 wheelers, semi tractor trailers, logging trucks, double trailers, and other big rigs rely on their high number of wheels to distribute the weight of the cargo, stabilize the trailer part, and general traction for maneuvering or stopping.  In addition, Our Oregon blowout tire accident lawyers know that the greater number of wheels on a truck also distribute the stress of the heavy truck more evenly throughout the wheels to prevent them from failing.  Thus, the large number of wheels not only helps a truck move, but it is an important maneuvering, stopping, and safety feature. 

Unfortunately, wheels on commercial trucks can fail and regularly do fail.  Many times a tire will fail by blowing out and now result in any damage or risk to other vehicles.  But sometimes a wheel may fail in such a manner which has devastating results.  If a wheel does dangerously fail, there are several other wheels which can keep a tractor trailer balanced and to avoid catastrophic failure like rolling over or losing control.  Unfortunately, some blown out tires can cause catastrophic trucking accidents which result in debilitating personal injuries or wrongful death.  

Causes of Blowout Tire Trucking Accidents

There are many reasons why tire blowouts occur, usually many which are preventable with proper care and maintenance.  Generally, the risks of a dangerous and deadly blowout tire are increased with the size of the commercial truck, weight of the cargo, and speed at which the truck is traveling.  Thus, faster moving trucks with heavy cargo are more likely to have catastrophic tire blowouts than trucks moving at a slower speed with empty trailer beds.

Some of the most common causes of Oregon blowout tire accidents include the following:

  • Improper maintenance;
  • Product defects in the tires;
  • Improper installation of tires;
  • Too heavy loads;
  • Hard turns;
  • Speeding above the save limit;
  • Distracted driving;
  • Failing to avoid potholes or other debris, bumps, or hazards in the roadway;
  • Hard or excessive braking;
  • Hitting a curb;
  • Fatigued truck drivers; and
  • Many other causes.

Rights of Victims in Oregon Blowout Tire Accidents

Innocent people who are injured or wrongfully killed by a commercial vehicle have rights under Oregon law and federal regulations promulgated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).  Both bodies of law require all truck drivers and trucking companies to ensure that their vehicles are operating at appropriate and safe conditions.  

For instance, Oregon law requires that all wheels used on a vehicle to be in good, working order.  Motorists are required to inspect their vehicles to ensure that the wheels are in good working order.  If a truck driver fails to inspect their vehicles and wheels, or uses wheels that are damaged and it results in a tire blowout accident, the truck driver and the trucking company may be liable for the trash.

In addition, FMCSA regulations prohibit any truck driver from operating a motor vehicle with defective wheels.  The FMCSA regulations under 49 CFR section 293.75 (a) specifically provide that a defective wheel includes any of the following damage:

  • Tread separation or sidewall separation;
  • Flat tires;
  • Audible leaks;
  • Cut, tears, rips, or other damage which exposes the ply or belt material;
  • Any visible appearance of ply or belt material exposed through the tread where the wheel hits the ground.

Types of Oregon Blowout Tire Accidents

Who a tire blowout causes an Oregon trucking accident, there could be many different types of accidents which could occur.  All of the different types of big rig crashes could result in permanent, debilitating, and catastrophic personal injuries or wrongful death to an innocent person.  Some of the most common types of Oregon blowout tire accidents include the following:

  • Truck rollover accidents;
  • Crossing the centerline;
  • Debris launched into other vehicles either behind or into other lanes;
  • Trucks flipping over;
  • Jackknifed trucks;
  • Rear end collisions from being unable to stop;
  • Sideswipe collisions from losing control;
  • Losing steering control; 
  • Other types of crashes.

Bend/Portland, Oregon Blowout Tire Accident Lawyers

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of a trucking accident or collision contact the Oregon Truck Accident Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form.  We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.  

We handle cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton, and Hillsboro.  

We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take Trucking accident cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.  

Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law. 

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