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Why trucking companies must maintain tires to prevent crashes

Trucking companies play an important role in transporting goods across the country, including in Kentucky. However, it is dangerous when these companies fail to properly maintain their vehicles, including the tires.

Neglecting tire maintenance can lead to severe consequences, including tire loss and blowouts. They contribute to accidents and personal injuries on the road.

Causes of tire issues

Several factors contribute to tire problems in trucks. The most common issues include underinflation, overinflation and tread wear. Underinflated tires can overheat and are prone to blowouts, while overinflated tires may lead to reduced traction and increased wear. Tread wear, often caused by extensive use without proper inspection or rotation, can lead to reduced grip and a higher risk of tire failure.

Regular maintenance, such as checking tire pressure, inspecting tread depth and ensuring proper alignment, is necessary to prevent these issues. Unfortunately, many trucking companies neglect these routine checks due to cost-cutting measures, tight schedules or lack of adequate training for their maintenance staff. This negligence can have dire consequences.

Consequences of tire failures

When trucking companies fail to maintain their tires, the risk of tire loss and blowouts increases significantly. Tire blowouts can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles, leading to serious accidents. These incidents are especially dangerous for large trucks, which require longer distances to stop and have greater potential to cause severe damage upon impact.

Tires that detach from moving trucks can become deadly projectiles, posing a severe hazard to other motorists. These loose tires can cause vehicles to swerve, crash or roll over.

Impact on personal injuries

In Kentucky, tire-related truck accidents have led to numerous personal injuries. Victims of these accidents often suffer from broken bones, spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. The size and weight of trucks amplify the severity of these injuries, making recovery long and difficult.

Victims can seek compensation for their injuries and losses. This compensation can cover medical expenses, lost wages and other related costs.

Holding trucking companies accountable for their negligence also promotes safer practices. These companies have the ability to save lives by ensuring that trucks are in top condition before they leave on trips.

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