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Ardis Tucker, Geneva Chestnut, Nathaniel Adams, and Jason Marshall injured in a multi-vehicle accident caused by tire blowout

BOONE COUNTY, INDIANA – Four people were injured after a steer axle tire blowout on a semi-truck caused the semi to crash into surrounding vehicles.

Ardis Tucker was traveling eastbound on Interstate 74 when a front tire on his semi-truck blew out, causing him to lose control of the vehicle. As a result, Tucker crashed into a white Ram ProMaster utility van driven by 49-year-old Jason Marshall, traveling east on Interstate 74.

After the collision, the two vehicles crashed through the center median and continued into the westbound lanes of traffic, where they crashed into a second semi-truck operated by 30-year-old Nathaniel Adams. The utility van then rolled, trapping 39-year-old passenger Geneva Chestnut.

Authorities reported that all four motorists involved in the crash were injured. The driver of the utility van, Jason Marshall, and his passenger, Geneva Chestnut, were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the westbound semi-truck, Nathaniel Adams, was also transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Ardis Tucker was airlifted for medical treatment.

No further information was immediately available.

Trained attorneys will need to determine if the tire failed due to a manufacturing defect

Reports indicate that this accident was caused by a tire blowout on the steer axle of the eastbound semi-truck. When a sudden tire blowout leads to a serious accident that leaves multiple people injured, it is important to determine the cause of the blowout to ensure the injured motorists receive the financial compensation they need to cover medical expenses and adapt to post-injury life. To ensure all victims of this accident receive the help they need, it will be important to determine if the tire failed due to a manufacturing defect.

We handle tire blowout accidents across the nation, and we are seeing an alarming number of these accidents occurring due to manufacturing defects in select 18-wheeler tires produced by prominent manufacturers. This is not good. Controlling an 18-wheeler following a sudden steer-axle tire failure is notoriously difficult and very rarely achievable. As such, when these tires fail, accidents like this one routinely follow. Manufacturers have a duty to ensure their tires are free of defects when they leave the manufacturing plant. When a manufacturer produces a tire that is defective, it is liable for the injuries and damages suffered by the victims of the accident.

The objective in this case is to ensure all motorists receive the help they need so they can rebuild their lives. To accomplish this, the tire will need to be inspected by trained attorneys to determine the cause of failure. If the tire was not defective, other causes of a blowout will need to be considered, and the appropriate parties held accountable. While the road ahead will have challenges, the law can relieve the financial burden associated with those challenges.


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.

Disclaimer: This post is not legal advice. Information contained in this blog was compiled from third-party sources or is the opinion of the author. Please inform us immediately if false or misleading information is contained in this post.


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