Many North Carolina Commercial Truck Accidents Are Caused by Tire BlowoutsLast month in Salisbury, North Carolina, a fatal commercial truck accident took place when a tractor-trailer carrying cigarettes ran off the road following a tire blowout.
According to North Carolina news sources, 58-year-old Garry Wilkerson was driving a UPS tractor-trailer south on Interstate 85 in Rowan County when one of the vehicle’s tires burst, causing him to lose control of the truck. The truck flipped over a bridge’s barrier and ejected the driver, who was not wearing a seat belt.
The trucking company said that Wilkerson was a cautious driver and a veteran with a clean driving record.
Unlike a slow air leak, a tire blowout causes your tire to explode suddenly – and will often jerk the steering wheel out of the hands of the driver. A driver may run their vehicle off the road or overcorrect into another vehicle. A vehicle may even flip and rollover due to a burst tire.
How do tire blowouts cause truck accidents?
The faster you are traveling when your tire blows out, the more trouble you will have maintaining control of your vehicle and safely getting off of the road.