One of the staples of driving on the Oklahoma highway is seeing the remnants of a blown tire scattered across the road. Called “road gators,” people sometimes have to maneuver to avoid running over them. The fact is many of these road gators are the result of a truck tire blowout. Another fact is that these blown tires, often due to defects in the tire itself, are a very serious hazard that can result in collisions with injuries or death. However, it isn’t only drivers of automobiles that need to be aware of the debris on the road, but truck drivers who may lose more than one tire at a time.
We know truck drivers drive long distances, and oftentimes they are carrying a heavy load. Both of these things can lead to tire blowouts. Heat and pressure building up on tires that have not been properly inflated – under- or over-inflated – can cause tire failure that can puncture other tires. The result may be semis that are suddenly out of control with others on the road, as well as drivers trying to avoid the inevitable debris.
Although not all Oklahoma accidents are caused by blown tire debris, nearly 100 people die a year due to these highway conditions. A further 25,000 are injured. Arkansas and Oklahoma are two of the deadliest states for truck accidents.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a tire blowout or a semi-truck accident, please email the Oklahoma and Arkansas semi-truck attorneys and tire blowout lawyers at Carr and Carr Attorneys. Or call 1-866-510-0580 to speak with someone today. With offices in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Northwest Arkansas, we have experienced Oklahoma and Arkansas personal injury lawyers who can help you decide you next steps.