UTAH COUNTY, Utah — A male driver tragically died on Feb. 15 in Payson after losing control of the dump truck he was driving northbound on Interstate 15 near mile marker 248.
Witnesses told the state highway patrol that the dump truck started traveling erratically after a tire on the vehicle blew out. Loaded with boulders, the dump truck veered off the roadway and into a guardrail before rolling on its side and catching fire.
The vehicle became fully engulfed in flames. The driver, whose identity has not been released by officials, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
Authorities are still investigating factors that contributed to the crash. No additional information was immediately available.
Commentary on the tire failure accident on Interstate 15 in Utah
I am deeply saddened to learn of this tragic death and can’t imagine the grief this family must be experiencing in the wake of such a senseless accident. This accident should never have occurred, and this family should never have lost a family member.
Nevertheless, tire failure accidents continue to plague our roadways despite significant advancements in technology. This is unacceptable, and something needs to be done. Unfortunately, most manufacturers will only implement necessary changes when forced by governmental regulations or lawsuits. Along with other firms across the country, my firm has focused on representing victims of tire defect accidents to ensure defective tires are removed from our roadways and justice is served.
My firm has successfully uncovered defective tires from nearly every major tire manufacturer in the country. This has allowed me to spend considerable time examining tires across America to determine if a defect was a likely contributor to an accident. Over the past few years, my firm has noticed an alarming number of tire failures on big rig vehicles caused by manufacturer defects. This is highly concerning and warrants further attention.
It is important this vehicle’s tire and remaining tread pieces are preserved so a detailed investigation can be conducted. By examining the tire in question, tire defect specialists can determine if the cause of the tire failure was from a manufacturing flaw or defect or some other source. By uncovering defective tires on our roadways, innocent lives are spared.
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