The Risk of Truck Tire Blowouts in the Summer

Posted By Power Rogers & Smith, P.C. || Jun 1, 2016

The summer months are upon us, and it’s time to prepare for the scorching sun and rising temperatures. While sunburn may be your biggest worry on the beach, there are potential dangers facing you on your journey to the sandy shores.

Truck tire blowouts, a problem any time of the year, become increasingly likely as the temperature rises during the May through October months. Tire companies track data from the summer months closely, and they have identified certain risk factors and warning signs of likely tire blowouts, which include:

  • Underinflated Tires: Underinflation is the fastest way for a tire to burst. When the psi gets too low, the tire’s internal components – rubber, steel, fabric, composites, etc. – start to flex farther than their manufacturer intended. On top of that, an underinflated tire has a larger surface area, adding more heat from friction to the internal components, and with the hot summer sun beating down on the dark rubber as well, an underinflated tire is more prone to blowouts.
  • Overinflated Tires: Each tire has a recommended pressure range, and similarly to underinflation, an overinflated tire puts excess stress on the tire’s internal components. If a driver prefers to keep their tires inflated to the upper limit and doesn’t get them checked out when the temperature rises, they’re at risk of having dangerously overinflated tires.
  • Overloaded Vehicle: Whether the tires are too inflated, not inflated enough, or just right, excess cargo can put tires at risk for blowouts. Truck drivers may attempt to increase their vehicle’s maximum carrying weight by inflating their tires to the maximum recommended levels, but in the hot summer months, this is a dangerous practice and creates a higher potential for a tire blowout.
  • Wear and Tear: The average truck driver travels between two and three thousand miles every week, so the miles pile up quickly. Even though they’re designed to be more durable, truck tires aren’t invincible. Without proper care, they will inevitably blow, and that risk only increases during the summer months.
  • Potholes: Even with appropriately inflated and adequately maintained tires, hitting potholes can cause enough damage for a tire to burst. Without constant vigilance and regular checks, a tire may sustain enough damage to burst while on the highway, causing a potentially deadly crash.

If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a truck tire blowout, don’t hesitate to contact our attorneys at Power Rogers & Smith, L.L.P. Our attorneys know how to assess whether a tire blowout was preventable and whether you may be entitled to compensation for your resulting injuries. With over 30 years of experience and over $260 million recovered in truck accident cases, you can rest assured that you’re in good hands. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation, or call us at (312) 313-0202 so we can assess your claim.

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