A tire blowout while traveling on an Oklahoma road or highway might result in a serious accident. This is because these events often happen with little warning, which means that it may be difficult or impossible to pull to the side of the road or take other steps to avoid a collision. However, there are things that you can do to reduce the risk of this happening.
Check tires regularly
Tires that are underinflated may drag along the surface of the road, which creates excess friction. The friction may cause the tire to become extremely hot and rip apart. Tires that are overinflated may be prone to popping when driven at even normal highway speeds. If a tire is already damaged, it may also be more likely to rip or pop when a truck is in motion. A regular tire inspection may help drivers find signs of damage or improper inflation before a disaster happens.
Don’t drive too fast
Tires are generally rated to function properly at speeds no faster than 70 miles per hour. However, some highways allow drivers to travel at speeds of more than 75 or 80 miles per hour. By avoiding the urge to drive faster than a vehicle can handle, commercial operators may be able to reduce their risk of a truck accident caused by a tire blowout.
If you are involved in a truck accident caused by a defective tire, you may be entitled to compensation. Typically, the fact that a truck was improperly maintained is evidence of negligence on the part of the defendant. Maintenance records, driver statements and other evidence may bolster your assertion that an accident was caused by truck driver negligence or the negligence of other parties.