BROWARD, Florida. According to News 6 Orlando, a recent 1-95 crash involving a truck may have been the result of illegally “recapped” tires. Based on reports, the truck accident that closed 1-95 for three hours may have been the result of a tire failure due to retreaded tires. Florida Highway Patrol reported that a blown tire may have caused the truck to hit the guardrail and block traffic. Both the driver and the passenger were hospitalized, but they faced no serious injuries. Interestingly, the driver and passenger were not commercial truckers, but rather were renters of a moving truck. It isn’t clear whether they were aware of the condition of the truck’s tires when they rented the vehicle. Even so, they were lucky.
Others are not so lucky. Truck accidents can result in serious injury, disability, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and internal injuries for victims. Because of the weights that trucks carry, often the people who are hurt in accidents are those in passenger vehicles. The truck accident lawyers at the Madalon law firm in Broward, Florida understand the serious nature of truck accidents, and work with victims and families to seek justice. Too often, truck accidents occur either due to drivers’ violation of federal laws, or a truck company’s failure to perform proper maintenance on vehicles.
Florida Troopers believe that the truck accident that occurred on I-95 was the result of the use of recapped tires. Recapping or retreading tires is illegal on commercial vehicles because of the risk of a tire blowout. Yet, some truck companies use retreaded tires because they are less expensive. Because retreaded tires are not new, they are cheaper. However, this shortcut can seriously endanger the lives of other drivers on the road, not to mention drivers of the truck.
To make matters worse in the case of the rented truck, it appears that the drivers may have rented the vehicle from a moving company, making liability a bit murky. However, drivers can still be held responsible for a crash, even if the moving company rented out a truck with defective tires. Individuals are responsible for inspecting a vehicle before taking it off a rental lot.
Yet, the average renter wouldn’t know to look for retreaded tires or even to ask about what tires are being used. In this case, the victims may be able to pursue their own lawsuit against the moving company who rented them the potentially defective truck. The case highlights the importance of understanding a vehicle before you rent it, especially if the vehicle is a truck. It also highlights the importance of seeking proper legal representation after an accident.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, tires are vulnerable to blowout if they are underinflated or if the tires don’t have adequate tread depth. Truck companies have a responsibility to check tires periodically for wear and tear and to ensure that tires are properly inflated. If you or a loved one has been injured in a rental truck due to a tire blowout or if you’ve been injured in a truck accident, contact the Madalon law firm, truck accident lawyers in Broward, Florida today.