Man Killed When Truck Rolls Onto His Car

Automobile accidents occur on a daily basis throughout the United States. The particulars of each can vary from two cars colliding on a highway to a vehicle being hit by a tractor trailer. Regardless of how the accident was caused, it can have a devastating effect on all those involved and their families.

According to AnnArbor.com, a 58-year-old man died shortly after being pinned against the guardrail on U.S. 23 by a semi that had two trailers. Michigan police noted that their initial investigation showed that the front steering tire on the left side of the truck blew out and caused the driver to lose control of the truck and hit the passenger vehicle.

The law pertaining to tires on vehicles

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there are rules that govern tires on all types of motor vehicles, including trucks. More specifically, the regulation states that no motor vehicle shall be operated if any of its tires have the following characteristics:

•Tread or sidewall separation

•Exposed ply or belt material

•Leaks that can be heard

•Cuts that expose belt or ply material

The agency further notes that front wheel tires on trucks, tractor trailers and buses must have a groove pattern that has a minimum depth of 4/32 of an inch. Additionally, a truck or tractor trailer cannot have a re-grooved tire on any of the front wheels if the tire has a load-carrying capacity that is equal to or higher than 4,920 pounds.

Retreaded tires on trucks

The accident discussed in the story above appears to have brought up an issue for a number of people - the safety of retreaded tires on trucks. For years, the issue of commercial vehicles using retreaded or used tires has been debated. Some say that the tires are no more dangerous than new tires, while others tend to disagree, noting that a number of accidents are caused by the retreads.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes that there is research being conducted with regard to the use of retread tires on heavy and medium commercial vehicles. The Administration commented that retread tires are mainly used by trucking fleets and commercial truck owners because they are considerably cheaper than new tires.

The studies conducted by the NHTSA will look at the underlying causes of tire failure as well as crash safety issues that are associated with tire failures on heavy trucks. However, for those who have been injured or have lost a loved one due to a truck's retreaded tire failure, the studies come a little too late.

Anyone who has been the victim of an auto accident should speak with a qualified auto accident attorney who can explain all their options and ensure that their rights are protected.