Truck accidents can occur for several reasons, from negligent driving behaviors and defective vehicle parts to violations of federal trucking guidelines. In some cases, a tire blowout may cause the collision. Blowouts are frightening incidents where a tire explodes while a vehicle is traveling—and if that vehicle is a large semi-truck, devastating accidents can occur.
If you suffer injuries due to a semi-truck tire blowout in Portland, you may file a lawsuit against the liable party. Depending on the cause of the blowout, many parties could be responsible—including the driver, his or her employer, or the tire manufacturer.
Semi-truck tire blowouts can occur for several reasons. Warm weather and poor road conditions may contribute to these blowouts. However, there are certain situations where a driver’s negligence—or negligence on the part of the driver’s employer—is responsible for the blowout.
In some cases, a tire may be improperly manufactured or contain design defects.
If a driver or trucking company’s negligence is responsible for the blowout, that person or entity will be liable for your collision. According to the legal doctrine known as respondeat superior, a trucking company will always be legally responsible for the actions of its employees while they are performing their job duties.
If the truck driver is an independent contractor, however, the company will not be liable for his or her actions if the blowout occurred due to the driver’s negligence.
If the tire blowout occurred to a design or manufacturing defect, the driver and his or her employer are not likely to be liable. In this situation, the manufacturer of the defective tire will be liable for the collision. You may need to consult with expert witnesses who can examine the tire and determine the cause of the defect.
A third liability scenario involves dangerous or defective road conditions, such as potholes. If the blowout occurred due to an improperly maintained road, you could file a claim against the government agency responsible for maintaining that road. If you can prove that the agency knew about the hazard and failed to repair it, you may have grounds for a claim.
If you are in an accident due to a truck tire blowout, contact a truck accident lawyer in Portland as soon as possible. Your attorney will help you identify the liable party and determine your optimal path to compensation.
If you were injured in an accident, contact our Portland Truck accident lawyers at Tillmann Law Personal Injury Lawyers to schedule a free consultation today. We serve all throughout Multnomah County and Oregon.