Commercial vehicles are subject to strict regulations when it comes to proper maintenance. They are supposed to be regularly inspected and maintained so that any broken or worn down parts can be replaced or repaired before they cause a problem.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. Trucking companies might be careless in inspections or put off repairs for as long as possible, in an attempt to save money. However, such decisions can prove to be catastrophic when an unsafe truck is put on the road.
Recently, for instance, a man was killed when a tire came flying off a commercial truck. According to reports, the tire started smoking and before the trucker could come to a stop to inspect the problem the wheel came loose from the truck and smashed through the windshield of a van in the opposite lane, killing the driver.
It is not yet known why the tire was dislodged, but there have been charges filed against the trucker and his employer for operating an unsafe vehicle.
Sources say that the trucker did perform a pre-trip inspection of the truck, but it is possible that the inspection was inadequate or never actually performed. An investigation is underway to determine why the tire came loose.
Tire problems cause serious damage in crashes involving commercial trucks across Pennsylvania, whether they blowout or come completely off the truck. Because of this, regulations are in place to ensure tires are inflated accurately, replaced regularly and loaded properly.
Parties that do not comply with these regulations can face criminal charges as well as civil penalties, should victims file a lawsuit. If you or a loved one is injured in an accident involving a truck with unsafe equipment, including tires, it can be crucial that you consult an attorney to discuss your legal options.