Tire BlowoutHouston Tire Blowout Accident Lawyer
Tire blowouts happen for a variety of reasons, such as:
- Overloaded vehicle;
- Impact damage;
- Unnoticed puncture;
- Underinflation; and
Some causes – such as weather or running over a sharp object that causes immediate damage – are uncontrollable. But others, such as the weight of the vehicle, underinflated tires, or failure to repair or replace a tire following impact, are completely under the driver’s control. Failure to properly maintain tires is negligence and can result in the driver being held financially liable for any injuries his negligence caused.
Houston Tire Blowout Accidents
Houston is the hub of trucking activity in Texas, and with the legal weight limit for 18-wheelers set at 80,000 pounds – more if the truck is granted overweight or oversize permits – a tire blowout that results in a crash can cause serious injuries. Traumatic brain injury, a fractured or broken neck, and even death can result if you are involved in a truck accident.
At Baumgartner Law Firm, we understand the negative physical, financial and emotional impact that results when you or a loved one is seriously injured or killed in a Houston truck accident. Injuries sustained in a tire blowout accident can have long-lasting effects, such as:
- Medical bills;
- Loss of income;
- Painful physical and occupational rehabilitation;
- Loss of enjoyment of life; and
- Lifelong, debilitating pain
Our Houston truck accident lawyers have handled hundreds of cases involving injuries sustained in truck accidents caused by tire blowouts. If the tire blowout was caused by an overloaded truck, improper tire inflation, or if the tire had worn tires, the driver and/or the trucking company may be liable for damages on the theory of negligence. Blown tires on a big rig often lead to a jackknife truck accident.
Our experienced attorneys will thoroughly examine all evidence, including the scene of the accident, police reports, crash expert reports, and vehicle maintenance records, to determine if the tire blowout was the result of negligence on the part of the truck driver or the trucking company.
Tire Blowout Accident Lawyers at Baumgartner Law Firm Can Help
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an accident caused by a tire blowout, you may be entitled to compensation. Our truck accident lawyers in Houston have more than 35 years’ experience representing Houston residents injured in truck accidents. We will fight to recover the compensation for your injuries that you deserve.
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An Interactive Guide
You hear metal crumpling. Someone just hit your car. Maybe they ran a red light or lost control of their vehicle. Maybe you were rear-ended by a teenage driver on her cellphone.
Either way, you’re angry and frustrated. You have things to do. Places to go. But now, you're standing beside your damaged vehicle waiting for the police to arrive. You start to feel some neck pain.
All that to say: A single, unexpected moment changed everything.
A car accident can strike at any time. Whether you are on your way to work or headed to the store, it doesn’t matter. It’s moments like these that cause the government to require everyone to buy insurance.
A Guide For All Car Accident Victims
In this guide, you will learn:
- How To Handle Yourself When Disaster Strikes
- How To Ensure The At-Fault Insurance Company Covers Any Property Damage And Injury Expenses.
- What Injury Lawyers Do And How They Can Help You.
Get To Safety
Prevent Further Damage & Injury
If you find yourself in the middle of the intersection or on the freeway, you first priority is to move all persons (and vehicles if possible) out of the way of oncoming oncoming traffic.
Survey The Damage
Call The Police + Gather Evidence
After getting to safety, you should immediately dial 911. Make sure to alert the dispatcher if there are any serious injuries.
As you wait for help to arrive, you have 3 goals:
- Identify Extent of Injuries
- Identify Witnesses
- Identify Vehicle Damage
Pro Tip: Use your cell phone to record a statement from the other driver, as well as to store contact information for the other driver and any witnesses.
Should I Take?
Take Photos Of The
Other Driver's License
Damage On Both Vehicles
License Plate Of
Insurance Policy Of Other Driver
Get Medical Help
Your Health Is #1
After emergency help arrives, it is important to seek medical treatment. Even if you don’t feel injured, it is important to get checked out for any internal injuries.
Be sure to go in for any follow-up checkups or procedures.
Pro Tip: If you wait before seeking medical treatment, the at-fault insurance company may argue that your injury wasn’t serious and that you don’t deserve compensation for medical expenses.
- Internal Bleeding
- Broken Ribs
- Punctured Lungs
Whiplash is caused by a sudden forward or backward jerking motion of the head, which can damage the intervertabral joints, discs, ligaments, cervical muscles and nerve roots. Symptoms of whiplash manifest in neck pain, dizziness, sleep disturbances, fatigue, headache, lower back pain and sometimes numbness in the arm or hand.
Internal bleeding is caused by blunt trauma, and varies depending on the forces involved and the individual. It cannot be seen outside of the body, and it may occur within organs, tissues and body cavities including the abdomend, chest, spinal canal and head.
It takes aproximately 4,000 Newtons (measurement of force) to break or crack a rib. The symptoms of a broken rib include pain while breathing, applying pressure to the area, and when you bend or twist your body. Ribs are often broken by the force of the seabelt during deceleration of the vehicle during a crash.
Puncturing a lung can be a serious injury. In a punctured lung, air gathers between the lungs and the chest cavity. The pressure build up makes it impossible for the lung to expand. Symptoms include coughing blood, chest pain, difficulty breathing, dizziness and headaches.
Hire An Injury Lawyer
Save Time. Get Compensated.
Hiring an injury lawyer after a serious accident is one of the best things you can do. Injury lawyers take care of all communication and negotiation with insurance companies. This frees up your time to focus on recovering.
At our law firm, we offer free initial consultations to all Houston residents. Just fill out our contact form — or give us a call to schedule a convenient time for you. We’ll listen to your story and offer our advice.
Pro Tip: Never accept a settlement without consulting a lawyer, especially if injury is involved. Once you accept a settlement, you can never recover anything further in the future.
Time Is Of The Essence
In most cases, you have 2 years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. This is called the Statute of Limitations.
Certain exceptions can extend and/or shorten a limitations period.
If the victim is a minor, the limitations may be extended until they are 18 years old.
If you are in an accident caused by a governmental entity in Texas, the statute of limitations may be much shorter — ranging from a few months to six months.
File Your Claim
Notify Your Insurance Company
It is important to notify your insurance company about the accident as soon as possible.
Many insurance companies allow you to file your claim online. Otherwise, call the number listed on your insurance card.
Be sure to keep track of all adjuster names and contact information.
Pro Tip: There may be multiple active insurance policies that can cover you. For example, if the other driver didn’t have insurance, your own Uninsured Motorist coverage could kick in. An experienced attorney can help identify these policies & maximize your recovery.
Find Your Insurance Company
Find Your Insurance Company Contact Info
Learn Fault Factors
How Fault Is Determined
Were you speeding? Nearly one-third of all car accidents can be attributed to speeding.
Was anything obstructing your view? Over half of all states have windshield obstructions laws.
What were the weather conditions? Slippery roads can reduce traction and cause you to lose control of the vehicle.
Who had the right of way? The law gives the right of way to no one, but it does state who must yield (give up) the right of way.
What were the Traffic Conditions? Crashes of all types are at their highest Monday through Friday between the hours of 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Were you distracted? (Radio, Phone) Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving.
Were you wearing a seatbelt? Seat belt use is one of the most effective ways to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes.
Was a citation given out? In most instances, any driver violating traffic law will be held largely responsible for a resulting car accident.
Pro Tip: Do not give any recorded statements until you have the opportunity to consult with legal counsel.
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8. Alcohol and Drug Use
Driving an 18-wheeler under the influence is highly dangerous. Meanwhile, surveys showed that more than 20% of truck drivers are doing it. Usually, the underlying cause of such actions is the wish to stay on the road longer to earn more money.
When drivers are under influence, their reactions are slow. In emergencies, they are unlikely to avoid a collision.
Just like other drivers, truckers may choose to exceed the speed limit. Since a tractor-trailer is a heavy vehicle, its breaking time is generally longer. As a result, speeding may result in serious collisions.
Reasons for speeding vary from being pressured to arrive earlier to trying to cover more miles in one day to receive higher pay. When it comes to 18-wheelers, each extra mile per hour puts the driver and other motorists in danger.
10. Road Rage
According to AAA, as many as 80% of American drivers succumb to road rage and aggressive driving at least once a year. Truck drivers aren’t an exception. The number of fatal accidents related to road rage is growing annually.
Aggressive behavior behind the wheel of a big rig could be highly dangerous. Since the stopping time and maneuverability of a tractor-trailer are lacking compared to regular cars, the consequences are more severe.
11. Other Drivers
The behavior exhibited by other drivers can also become the reason for tractor-trailer wrecks. Such actions include:
- Driving in zero-visibility zones
- Abrupt lane changes in front of the 18-wheeler
- Making a left turn in front of the big rig
- Failing to keep a distance
- Failing to give the truck space for changing lanes or merging
- Unsafe passing
- Entering the traffic in front of the truck without maintaining a proper speed
- Driving between large trucks
Driving a large and heavy vehicle requires extra attention and special training. A lack of a consistently serious approach makes tractor-trailer wrecks unavoidable.