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Tire Defect / Bald Tire Trucking Accidents

When a tire on a large commercial truck blows out, it doesn’t explodes with potentially deadly force, sending tire fragments flying and sometimes causing the big rig to careen off course and crash. Crashes caused by tire blowouts are among the most easily preventable and ordinarily just do not happen in the absence of negligence.

All trucking companies and the companies they hire for service and maintenance are responsible for maintaining trucks and tires. Truck drivers are responsible for inspecting tires for proper inflation and wear before and after every trip. Truck tire manufacturers are responsible for making their products free from defects.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, which are also industry standards and practices defining a standard of care in the trucking business, include detailed requirements for equipment including tires, as well as specific standards for routine inspection and maintenance. More specifically, these regulations mandate that no truck can operate with the following hazardous tire conditions:

  • Tires with a groove pattern depth of less than 4/32 of an inch
  • Tread or sidewall separation
  • Flat or audibly leaking tires
  • Exposed ply or belt material
  • Regrooved, recapped or retreaded tires on the front wheels
  • A tire inflated to less than what is specified for the load
  • Tires not correctly inflated for heat

The Commercial Driver’s License Manuals for Georgia and all other states are essentially identical, with only very minor variations. The current Georgia CDL manual at Section 2.1 outlines vehicle inspection rules in more detail than the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Section 2.1.3 outlines inspection of the following wheel issues:

  • Too much or too little air pressure.
  • Excessive wear. Truck tires need at least 4/32-inch tread depth in every major groove on front tires and 2/32 inch on other tires. No fabric should show through the tread or sidewall.
  • Cuts or other damage
  • Tread separation.
  • Dual tires that come in contact with each other or parts of the vehicle.
  • Mismatched sizes.
  • Radial and bias-ply tires used together.
  • Cut or cracked valve stems.
  • Regrooved, recapped, or retreaded tires on the front wheels of a bus. These are prohibited.

Litigation of catastrophic truck crash cases involving tire failure involves investigation, discovery and expert analysis of compliance with federal regulations, maintenance standards and weight limits, as well as defects in tire manufacturing and service.

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"My family hired Ken after our parents were killed in a trucking accident in GA in 2013. We worked with Ken for 19 months before our case settled. During this time I thought Ken was outstanding. He was accessible to us at all times and maintained consistent communication. He was patient with us and took time to explain the finer points of law. While we avoided going to trial, he prepared diligently and I felt like he was leaving nothing to chance. I am relieved that our case is complete and I will miss working with Ken. He was very thoughtful and caring while helping us to stay relaxed. I would highly recommend him to anyone who requires these types of services." David U., Client, Vermont
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"After my parents were killed in a tractor truck accident on December 2013, he fought hard against the insurance companies to help my brother, sister, and I. He was honest and always available to answer any questions I had. Ken went out of his way to meet with my brother and I while on vacation in New England. He was awesome in explaining everything to us in detail and looked out for us with every step of the lawsuit. I would highly recommend him." Joan M., Client, Massachusetts
"I first met Ken when I watched him try a very difficult case involving catastrophic injuries. He was an incredibly effective advocate and was able to obtain justice for his client. I have since come to know him as one of the state's leading trial lawyers, particularly in trucking cases, which involves complex regulatory and legal issues not involved in other types of cases. I do not hesitate to recommend Ken for any kind of personal injury case." John H., Attorney, Atlanta
"Ken Shigley is an excellent trial lawyer in the area of commercial trucking. He knows the specialized rules for handling truck wreck cases for the victims and their families when tractor-trailers leave a devastating loss, catastrophic injuries and deaths. He is an advocate who understands the impact on his clients and is highly effective in bringing them justice." Myles E., Attorney, Atlanta