Two people were injured in a New Jersey car accident when a tractor-trailer tire bounced across the roadway and struck two vehicles. According to The Fort Lee Patch, the truck accident occurred on the New Jersey Turnpike in Fort Lee. Officials say the loose tire crossed the center divider and into oncoming traffic where it struck a box truck and a Subaru Legacy. The tire broke the box truck’s windshield and its two occupants suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
There are a number of reasons why a tire may burst or fail on the highway. Tires that are defectively designed or assembled may undergo tread separation. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that nine percent of all passenger cars on the roadway have at least one bald tire. Bald tires range from 1.5 and 1.8 times more likely than tires with deeper tread to be under-inflated, depending on the location of the tire.
When a truck tire fails, there is the potential for the debris to crash into surrounding vehicles. In such cases, it must be determined if the truck tire was defective, if the truck owner failed to maintain the vehicle, or if the truck driver failed to perform an inspection of the tires before hitting the roadway.
Victims of runaway tire accidents would be well advised to speak with an experienced New Jersey auto product liability lawyer at Lependorf & Silverstein who will help protect their legal rights. If you or a loved one has been injured in a New Jersey auto accident, please contact our office at (609) 240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation.