Rolling Tires & Wheel-Off Injuries

There are so many ways to get in an accident, especially on the highway, but there are few more frustrating than getting struck by a rolling tire or wheel parts from a truck that’s ahead of you. These kinds of accidents can cause severe injuries and damage, as truck wheels are huge and heavy. If this happens to you, take care of yourself and your passengers, and then call the trucking accident lawyers at RAM Law in New Jersey. They’ll represent you and get you fair compensation.

What Is Wheel-Off Truck Accidents?

All commercial trucks have big tires that are extra heavy. Wheel-off truck accidents occur when a wheel or tire detaches from a moving commercial vehicle and causes an accident. In these situations, other drivers are attacked by wheels that roll or bounce along the roadway. Other dangers involve flying fragments of tire that shatter windshields. Thousands of people every year are affected due to these big tires rolling off.

A big truck, such as an 18-wheeler, has tires that weigh between 50 and 100 pounds. When one of these wheels fail, it may strike other cars. The source of the failure may be a manufacturing issue or trucking company negligence. Accidents involving a wheel-off truck can occur anywhere, but it’s mostly seen on highways, in construction zones, and on curvy roads. An accident can cause significant injuries, from minor scratches and bruises to serious, maybe fatal wounds.

Major injuries include:

Accidents are already complicated, but when one involves a big semi-truck, it becomes much more difficult for you to manage. If you’ve been in a wheel-off truck accident in New Jersey and you’re looking for an experienced trucking accident lawyer, contact RAM Law. The experts at RAM Law have aided victims of truck accidents for years. They can answer all your questions and take care of all the details to make sure you’re fairly compensated.

Rolling Tires Wheel Off Injuries

What Causes Truck Wheel-off Accidents?

Wheel separation accidents can be quite dangerous, and they can seriously harm people and destroy their property.

The wheels of a tractor trailer, big rig or another type of commercial truck may come off or roll away for many causes, including:

  • Poor maintenance. Mechanics or tech service people can contribute to wheel separation accidents by neglecting to inspect lug nuts, periodically check and replace tires or perform other essential maintenance duties.
  • Overloading. When a truck is loaded to the point that it exceeds its weight limit, the tires are subjected to unnecessary strain, which can result in tire failure and wheel separation.
  • Driver error. Driver error or negligence, such as hitting a curb or pothole, can damage the tires and wheels, resulting in a wheel separation.
  • Extreme weather. Bad weather reduces tire stability and creates poor road conditions. Extreme weather conditions include high winds, persistent rain, or snow and ice.
  • Product defects. If the tires were defective, they may have been more likely to come off and cause an accident.

Trucking companies can avoid wheel separation accidents with regular maintenance of the trucks, adequate loading and weight distribution and safe driving techniques. It’s difficult to determine the liability of wheel separation incidents, and it often requires a detailed investigation to identify the accident’s primary cause.

But some potentially liable parties may include:

  • The truck driver
  • The trucking company
  • The manufacturer
  • Multiple parties — as incorrect maintenance may be the trucking company’s fault, but a defective item may be the manufacturer’s

Why Do I Need a Truck Accident Attorney?

Hiring a truck accident attorney protects your rights and collects compensation if you’ve been involved in a wheel-off truck accident. An expert attorney navigates the complex truck accident settlement process, gathers and protects evidence, negotiates with insurance companies and puts together a compelling case.

Hire an experienced truck accident attorney to:

  • Determine liability. Your attorney conducts an investigation into the accident, identifies all potentially liable parties and assists you in holding them accountable.
  • Deal with insurance companies. Insurance companies may try to limit or deny your claim. An experienced trucking accident attorney negotiates with them to ensure you obtain the amount you’re entitled to.
  • Pursue compensation. A wheel-off truck accident can result in serious injuries, property damage and other losses. Your attorney obtains compensation for your medical costs, lost wages and pain and suffering, among other losses.
  • Represent you in trial. In the event that your matter goes to court, your lawyer represents you to make your case to the judge and jury in an effort to obtain a favorable verdict.
  • Understand regulations. The trucking sector is extensively regulated, with numerous federal and state rules governing truck accidents. Your Ram Law attorney comprehends these restrictions and uses them to develop a powerful case.
  • Support and guide you. Your trucking accident lawyer provides emotional support, giving you peace of mind throughout the process.

An accident involving a wheel-off truck can be terrifying and distressing. But try to maintain your sense of calm. Anxiety may keep you from taking the essential actions to defend your rights and yourself.

Take immediate action to safeguard yourself, including:

  • Get medical attention. If you or anyone else involved in the collision may be hurt, don’t delay medical care.
  • Call the police. Report the accident immediately. Give the police accurate and comprehensive information about what happened.
  • Gather evidence. Take pictures of the accident scene, the damaged cars and any injuries as evidence.
  • Preserve physical evidence. Anything that can be used to determine who is at fault for the accident, such as broken parts, tire tracks or other evidence.
  • Contact a truck accident lawyer. You need legal assistance with your case regarding a truck accident. Call RAM Law.

Focus on your recovery and put all the legal processes in the hands of a lawyer with experience in trucking accidents because the time immediately following an accident is stressful. A knowledgeable attorney from RAM Law concentrates on the laws that were breached. Your lawyer takes care of everything for you while keeping you informed. Contact RAM Law in New Jersey if a wheel-off trucking accident occurs to you.

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