Truck Accidents With Bald Tires
Any vehicle on the road with bald tires is at risk for a blowout and that can lead to serious motor vehicle accidents. A good rule of thumb is to see if your tires are considered bald is to look at the tread grooves. If the tread depth is 2/32 of an inch deep or less, you need to replace your tires.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did a study recently. They found that approximately 50% of passenger vehicles they inspected had at least one tire with half the tread worn. They also found that 10% of passenger vehicles had at least one bald tire.
In Central New York we are no strangers to having roads that are slick especially in the winter. Bald tires only make this more dangerous and can result in you not being able to brake promptly to avoid a collision.
Bald tires while prevalent on passenger cars it is even worse and more dangerous on commercial trucks. Commercial trucks are driven more and for greater distances and carry heavy loads. All of this can cause tread to wear down faster. If a driver of a commercial truck loses control and it strikes a passenger vehicle, the damage can be much worse than if a passenger vehicle struck another passenger vehicle.
How Do Commercial Trucks with Bald Tires Cause Collisions?
When tires have little to know tread the tire itself becomes thinner and that increases the chance of a blowout. A sudden blowout can often startle a driver and cause the vehicle to pull to one side or the other which can cause the driver to lose control. Bald tires also inhibit the ability to grip the road well. When there are slick or slippery conditions it can cause the driver to not be able to stop a vehicle and that could cause a collision.
There are conditions that can cause tires to lose their tread faster which could lead to blowouts:
- Driving Aggressively
- Alignment issues
- Equipment failure
- Extreme cold or hot weather
- Not regularly inspecting the tires
- Overloaded trucks
- Potholes or debris on the road
- Traveling at high speeds for long distances
As an experienced bald tire truck accident lawyer in Syracuse, New York, we understand that several factors can lead to a bald tire or tire blowout collision. Our lawyers at the McMahon & Kublick, PC know what it takes to properly investigate car and truck accidents. We make sure all negligent parties are held accountable for your injuries or loss they cause. Call us today to schedule your free consultation with a highly qualified Syracuse, New York bald tire accident attorney at (315) 424-1105.