Tire Failures Lead To Truck CrashesTires display signs of wear that alert drivers of a likely failure
Commercial truck drivers are required to conduct a pre-trip inspection to identify defective or worn tires. Part 396 of the Federal Motor Safety Carrier Act details the required inspections of equipment that must be made before each trip. The driver must be satisfied that the trailer and tractor are in safe operating condition before operating the commercial motor vehicle. These inspections must be documented by a driver vehicle inspection report. Many states have their own mandatory inspection programs that overlap and at times provide more stringent inspection requirements than the federal government.
Part 393 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act details the parts and accessories that are necessary for the safe operation of a commercial truck. The FMSCA provides specific standards for tires that are supposed to be checked as part of a pre-trip inspection. A truck may not be operated with a tire that has body ply or belt material exposed through the tread or the sidewall of any tire. A truck may not be operated with any tire that has any tread or sidewall separation. Every tire must be inflated and can’t be operated with an audible leak. Each tire must meet minimum tread depths. The applicable requirements mandate a greater minimum tread depth for tires on the front wheels. The truck driver must make sure that the tires meet the required load and speed restrictions for the planned trip. The failure of a truck company or a driver to comply with these regulations risk catastrophic accidents.
Failing to properly maintain brake systems, improper loading of trailers, improper braking techniques and improperly greased wheel bearings can lead to increased tire wear and failure. If you or a loved one was injured by a commercial truck that may have had defective tires please contact a Board Certified Truck Accident Attorney for a free consultation. George Patterson offers free consultations at his Annapolis and Bowie offices.