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Michael McCauley Killed After 18-wheeler Steer Axle Tire Failure Accident

Whitesboro, Texas – Oklahoma authorities released information about an 18-wheeler crash in Cimarron County that left a Texas man dead.

Michael McCauley of Whitesboro, Texas, was traveling on US-385 nine miles southwest of Boise City, Oklahoma when his 2019 Peterbilt 18-wheeler suffered a tire failure. According to reports, when the truck’s front left steer axle tire failed, the tread was ripped clean off the rim.

The sudden tire failure caused the truck to immediately pull left and crash into the left-shoulder embankment. The truck then rolled one and a half times before coming to rest on its roof.

Authorities found Mr. McCauley pinned under the truck, where he passed away from his injuries.

The death of innocent truck drivers in tire failure crashes must stop, and the manufacturers responsible for these crashes must be held accountable

Truckers are losing their lives because manufacturers are putting profits over safety and producing defective tires. We are seeing this same accident play out across the country. A sudden steer axle tire failure creates extreme danger and puts the trucker and the motoring public at serious risk of injury.  Steer axle tires are arguably the most important tire produced by a tire manufacturer and must be produced to withstand the weight and force of an 18-wheeler. Tire manufacturers know this. Yet, we are seeing this very crash happen more and more frequently.

If manufacturers do not improve the quality of production, the loss of innocent life will continue. The big tire manufacturers producing these steer axle tires that continue to fail must be held accountable for the pain and suffering they are causing innocent truckers and their families. That is the only way this trend will change. The manufacturers must be forced to make better tires.

Our firm is handling multiple 18-wheeler tire failure accidents across the country, several in Oklahoma. They are all very similar. I am deeply saddened that the McCauley family must suffer the loss of their husband and father in yet another one. This is an injustice that the law cannot rectify. However, it can hold the wrongdoers responsible, force change, and provide the McCauley family with the answers they deserve. If an investigation of the tire determines the tire was defective, the McCauley family should be provided the right to hold the manufacturer responsible for the unexpected death of Mr. McCauley.

Until then, I extend my condolences and offer my prayer that the McCauley family may find the strength, support, and peace they so desperately need during this difficult time of loss.


The Ammons Law Firm represents clients nationwide in catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation, with extensive experience in complex auto/tire defect and commercial vehicle cases.

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