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Why no truck accident should be caused by bad tires

Written by Steve Gursten Posted July 2nd, 2015

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Bad truck tires are one of the top causes of wrecks. They can run the gamut. As an attorney, I’ve seen far too many from far too many causes, including tires that are bald and poorly maintained (if at all), to tires that are over- and under-inflated, and loose on the axles.

At the Roundtable law firm, our truck accident attorneys have seen enough. It’s time for trucking companies to do a better job to prevent the deadly consequences when truck companies skimp on maintenance and the pre-trip inspection.

The title of this blog post might be a bit of an exaggeration. There are some truck tire cases that truly are not foreseeable. But the vast majority of truck accidents caused by tire blows are. What makes these cases so tragic is that so many people who are killed or seriously injured by truck tires are needlessly impacted because the vast majority are entirely preventable.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Simple monitoring and maintenance can prevent most tire cases, especially tire blows.

And it’s getting even easier. There’s now technology that’s available and under development that could prevent tires from malfunctioning, blowing or flying off semi trucks on the road. There are several systems that can actually raise and lower a tire’s air pressure when it’s in motion.

Below I will review several options, as outlined in a recent article on, “Maintenance on the Go.”

TIREMAXX: The system by component-maker Hendrickson has both a minimum set pressure and a maximum, so when it’s hot, it prevents over-inflating the tire and keeps a flat contact patch on the road.

Aperia Halo: This automatic tire inflation features a hub-mounted air pump on the axle-end. By closely maintaining air pressure, it can also return on average a 1.5% savings in fuel efficiency for a fleet.

Pneuscan: This system from German manufacturer Ventech employs a sensor strip installed on a road surface that reads a rolling tire’s foot print to determine air pressure and tread depth. Users say it can generate a post-trip warning as soon as the truck returns from the road. For instance, after experiencing curbing issue or damage. It can also sense extreme over inflation, caused by excess heat.

I hope for widespread adoption of these new systems. The  important goal is catching a potentially dangerous tire issue before it becomes a deadly accident. This new and evolving tire and wheel technology will improve safety for all of us on the road.

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About Steve Gursten

Attorney Steven Gursten is president of the Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association and past president of the American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group. He has been named a Michigan Lawyers Weekly "Leader in the Law" for his efforts to prevent truck accidents and promote national truck safety. Steve was also a Michigan Lawyers Weekly "Lawyer of the Year" for a record settlement in a truck accident case. He has received the top reported truck accident jury verdict and top reported truck accident settlement in Michigan for multiple years, according to published year-end compilations of all jury verdicts and personal injury settlements by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. He has been named a "Top 50 Super Lawyer," by SuperLawyers, is listed in Best Lawyers in America, and has been awarded an AV-rating by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating for legal ability and ethics. Steve speaks to lawyers throughout the country on truck accident litigation. He is a founding member of the Truck Accident Attorneys Roundtable, head of Michigan Auto Law, and has dedicated his legal career to making our roads safer.
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