Truck Accidents Caused by Defective Tires

Philadelphia Truck Accident Lawyers

Tire failures lead to countless truck accidents every year, and many of these failures are attributable to defects in the design or manufacture process. Poorly designed, manufactured, and maintained tires can lead to a loss of vehicle control that can quickly turn deadly. Trucks weighing up to 80,000 pounds can swerve or rollover without warning, posing a serious hazard to other drivers and often leading to serious injury or death.

Golomb & Honik, P.C. has handled countless truck accident cases in our decades of experience. If a truck accident has left you injured, there is no time to waste in contacting our firm.


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What are Some Common Reasons for Tire Failure?

When a tire loses its tread, the driver of a truck suffers a high risk of losing control of their vehicle. A blowout or collapse can drastically increase the chance of a potentially deadly rollover, especially when the vehicle is travelling at highway speeds. Loss of control caused by an issue with a rear tire can cause the back of the vehicle to swing sideways (called yawing). If not immediately corrected, yawing can lead to a separation of the tire bead from the rim, which allows the rim to dig into the road and propel the truck into a roll.

The following are some of the leading factors in cases involving tire blowout:

  • Ozone cracking: Lines and cracks that form on the tire are a sign of ozone cracking, which can be caused by defects in design or manufacture, tire storage, or inadequate maintenance by the owner of the truck.
  • Tire explosion: Defects in multi-piece tire rims can result in tire explosion, leading to a loss of control of the truck.
  • Retreaded tires: Commonly used on large trucks that see heavy use, retreaded tires are often used by trucking companies in order to cut costs on maintaining their vehicles. If the process is not done correctly, remanufactured tires can be more likely to fail.
  • Tread: Tires that quickly lose tread are likely defective and can increase the chance of a dangerous tire blowout.
  • Aging tires: Retailers have a responsibility to inform the consumer of the age of the tire and whether or not it has ever been repaired. Similarly, used tires must meet the same safety standards as new tires.
  • Tire sidewall failure: Defects in the design or manufacturing process can lead to deterioration of the tire’s sidewall, which can lead to an unexpected blowout or collapse. Often, the culprit is poor quality material used during production.
  • Tire bead failure: If the tire bead is not properly reinforced, the tire can lose pressure and lead to a blowout.
  • Poor manufacturing: Poor adhesion of tire materials can cause a tire to fail prematurely. Manufacturing errors may include use of expired adhesives, unclean manufacturing facilities, improper temperatures, and contaminants introduced into the materials during manufacture.

Unrelenting Advocacy for Truck Accident Victims

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident caused by a tire failure, blowout, tread separation, or other tire defect, please reach out to Golomb & Honik, P.C. to speak with a seasoned Philadelphia truck accident attorney. We can help you determine whether you have a case and advise you on your legal options during a free initial consultation. You may be eligible to pursue compensation from any of the following liable parties:

  • The truck company
  • The truck driver
  • The manufacturer of the tires
  • The distributor of the tires

Call today to learn more about how Golomb & Honik, P.C. can help with your truck accident case.