A tragic accident occurred on Highway 13 in Logan County, resulting in the death of a 57-year-old man from Wishek. The driver, identified as Scott Muller, was operating a concrete truck when the vehicle rolled over. Unfortunately, Muller was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
According to initial reports, the loaded concrete truck experienced a blowout in its left steer tire, leading to the rollover into the nearby ditch. The force of the accident caused the driver to be ejected from the truck. Muller was subsequently rushed to Wishek Hospital, but unfortunately, he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.
The Highway Patrol is currently investigating the crash to determine the exact circumstances and factors that contributed to the tragic incident. This investigation will help shed light on the cause of the tire blowout and other potential factors that may have played a role in the accident.
The tire that failed should be inspected to determine if it was defective
When tire blowouts happen on cement trucks, they present significant challenges and risks that can compromise the safety and functionality of these heavy-duty vehicles. Cement trucks are designed to transport substantial loads of cement for construction purposes. A tire blowout on a cement truck can result in the vehicle veering off the road, colliding with barriers or structures, or even overturning. The force generated by the blowout can cause damage to critical components and the truck’s body, creating further danger for the driver and other motorists.
Regrettably, our law firm has witnessed a growing number of steer axle tire failures on commercial vehicles, leaving innocent men dead, and families devastated. We are working diligently to hold the manufacturers of these tires responsible for these untimely deaths while helping the surviving families recover the compensation they need to deal with the loss of a husband, father, and son.
In Apache County, Arizona, a catastrophic accident involving a 2015 Freightliner Cascadia occurred. Our client, an over-the-road trucker, was transporting a load from California through Arizona when the left-front steer axle tire failed while changing lanes. Unable to maintain control of the semi-truck, it crashed through the guardrail, rolled onto its left side, and finally came to rest under a bridge. Despite miraculously surviving the crash, our client suffered severe bodily injuries that have forever altered his life, necessitating ongoing medical care and financial assistance.
In Harris County, Texas, a devastating accident involving a 1996 Kenworth Construct T800 Dump Truck left a family mourning the loss of a beloved father. While traveling eastbound on Beltway 8 in Missouri City, Texas, the truck experienced a front right tire failure. This caused the truck to strike a barrier and fall off the beltway, resulting in the vehicle catching fire. Tragically, the driver was trapped inside and burned alive. The surviving wife and children are now faced with the difficult journey of navigating the emotional and practical challenges stemming from this profound loss.
In yet another, a tragic accident occurred in Cook County, Illinois, involving a 2013 Freightliner. The husband and father, who worked as an over-the-road trucker, was traveling northbound on Interstate 85 when the front right steer axle tire failed. This led to the truck pulling to the right, colliding with an embankment, and crashing into a line of trees. Regrettably, the beloved man lost his life in the crash, leaving behind a grieving family mourning the loss of their husband and father.
These are just three of many cases just like the one here caused by a defective tire on a commercial vehicle. These crashes are heart-wrenching, leaving families shattered and lives devastated. Many of our clients find solace in connecting with others who have experienced similar tragedies caused by the same tire manufacturers. Holding these manufacturers accountable for the innocent lives lost is of utmost importance to prevent these accidents from occurring in the future.
It is too early to determine, based on the information provided, whether the tire involved in this particular crash was defective. However, such a question should be investigated. If the tire proves defective, this family, like those many others that have suffered similar losses, should have the right to hold the manufacturer responsible for the unexpected passing of their loved one.
I am saddened that the family here must go through this life-changing trial and offer my deepest condolences to the surviving family during this time of grief.
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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