Clonmel, Kansas – Authorities reported a single-vehicle truck accident left one man in critical condition on Monday, August 15.
The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a semi-truck was eastbound on K42 milepost 75 near 79th Street South when the truck experienced a sudden tire failure and rolled over. The crash photos indicate the blowout occurred on the front-left steer axle tire.
The Clearwater Fire Department responded to the scene and confirmed that the 2008 Mac Truck driver was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries.
The cause of the sudden tire blowout was not immediately apparent. No other injuries were reported in the crash. No further information was immediately available.
Sudden tire failure causes Mack truck to roll over on K42 in Kansas
Our firm specializes in tire-related accidents and has seen an increasing number of accidents like this one on our nation’s roadways. This is a concerning trend that warrants further investigation.
It is important to recognize that this vehicle’s driver can bring a claim against the responsible parties to recover for the harm sustained in this crash. It is clear that this crash would not have occurred had the tire not blown at highway speeds. To determine the appropriate party to bring a claim against, we must first understand what caused the tire to fail.
We first need to determine if the tire was properly maintained. Tires on semi-trucks endure significant force and require continual maintenance and upkeep. Failure to properly maintain and repair tires, or replace tires after their useful life, increases the chance of a sudden blowout. Generally, tire maintenance and repair rests on the company responsible for maintaining the truck. Failure to perform this duty can result in liability.
Another cause of a sudden blowout could be a manufacturer defect. While many different defects can be present in a tire, they are all generally latent and not discovered until after a serious accident has occurred. We have been seeing an alarming number of tires failing these past few years in similar ways and causing similar results. When a semi-truck experiences a sudden tire failure, it is not uncommon for the truck to roll, causing catastrophic injuries to both the driver and the motoring public. If this tire was defective, the manufacturer should be held liable for the harm sustained by this man.
Accidents involving a sudden tire failure are highly complex and require skilled technicians to sort through. Our firm has 30 years of experience handling these cases and can identify exactly what went wrong and who is responsible. We perform our investigations without any upfront costs to ensure all those injured in an accident can bring a claim against the big corporate entities responsible for their injuries. If those here, or others similarly situated, need assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Ammons Law Firm.