Truck accidents have many causes, such as fatigued or impaired driving, poor maintenance, speeding and lack of training. However, officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have found that speeding has long-term consequences that affect the integrity of commercial truck tires.
An NHTSA investigation has concluded that truck tires can wear down and cause blowout accidents if truck drivers frequently drive above 75 mph. According to the investigation, high speeds can generate excessive heat that is capable of damaging rubber tires. The NHTSA investigation examined 16 blowout accidents to figure out whether truckers or tires were to blame. It was found that tires used on many commercial trucks across the nation were incapable of handling speeds above 75 mph.
While New Jersey’s speed limit for commercial trucks is 65 mph, many commercial vehicles are driving from out of state. In 14 states west of the Mississippi river, speed limits are or exceed 75 mph.
Commercial vehicle accidents have killed 14,000 people from 2009 to 2013, and tire blowouts were responsible for 198 of those crashes. In addition to speeding, the NHTSA expects that heavy loads and under-inflation can contribute to blowout accidents.
Should Truck Accident Survivors Contact an Attorney?
In some cases, truck accident survivors can be awarded compensation to help pay for expensive medical bills and lost income. Accident survivors can be left with traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries, causing lifelong disability.
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