A fully loaded 18-wheeler can weigh as much as 40 tons and travel 650 miles—or more—in a single day. In other words, truck tires are often under considerable strain, and they’re inclined to rupture on occasion. Even a minor oversight can lead to a major collision that has catastrophic consequences.
Thankfully, if you were hurt in a blowout-related truck accident, you may be able to take action against those who were ultimately to blame. To learn more about building a truck accident claim, read on. We’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions on the subject below.
1. Who Might Be Responsible for a Truck Tire Blowout (and the Resulting Wreck)?
When a truck tire ruptures and a collision results, there are a few different parties that could be deemed liable. The most likely culprits include:
- The trucker;
- The motor carrier that employs the trucker;
- The fleet’s maintenance contractor;
- The tire manufacturer; and
- The government agency responsible for maintaining the roads.
2. How Can I Demonstrate Which Party Was Ultimately Responsible?
The evidence you’ll need to assign liability will depend on the underlying cause of the blowout. Generally speaking, though, it will probably include some combination of the following:
- The affected tire;
- Photographs of the wreckage;
- The fleet’s maintenance logs;
- The tire model’s schematics;
- Recall data or prior complaints regarding the tire model; and
- Statements from accident reconstruction experts.
3. What Kinds of Damages Can I Seek by Filing a Claim Against the Liable Party?
In the state of Michigan, truck accident victims can pursue funds for their resulting medical bills, lost wages, and lost earning capacity. They may also seek compensation for the costs associated with reasonably necessary replacement services, domestic help, and home and vehicle modifications.
Michigan recognizes non-economic damages, as well. Examples include loss of enjoyment in life, mental anguish, scarring, disfigurement, and pain and suffering. Finally, the spouses of injured parties can pursue compensation for loss of companionship or consortium.
4. What Can I Do to Strengthen My Truck Accident Claim?
Turning to a resourceful truck accident attorney for guidance is arguably the best way to strengthen your claim since it will essentially level the playing field. As for supporting your legal team’s efforts, you can:
- Seek medical care right away;
- Follow your doctor’s orders;
- Refer all correspondence from the opposing party to your lawyer;
- Refuse to provide a recorded statement;
- Keep a personal injury journal; and
- Stay off social media until your case has been resolved.
Call (248) 385-5704 for a Free Consultation with a Detroit Truck Accident Lawyer
At Seva Law Firm, we’re equipped to go up against even the largest motor carriers, manufacturers, and liability insurers. If you were seriously hurt in a large truck crash, we’ll help you pursue the maximum payout possible by gathering the evidence needed to prove both fault and damages. Call (248) 385-5704 or complete the Contact Form on our website to set up a free case review with a truck accident attorney in Detroit.