Today, March 28, 2011, two vehicles were reportedly struck by a semi-truck
tire, killing a motorist traveling in the opposite direction, near the
Lockland exit, in the northern Cincinnati area of I-75. Yet another avoidable
tragedy, caused by thenegligent maintenance of equipment. A review of the preliminary news reports indicate the tire bounced across
the median and into the windshield of a minivan. If this is accurate,
it means the tire likely came loose from the lug bolts. A predictable
and preventable problem.
When a tire and wheel separate from a tractor-trailer truck, it becomes
a loose missile, with no guidance, at highway speeds, in excess of 100
pounds. Anything that it comes in contact with it is going to sustained
damage. If it comes in contact with a person, they are going to sustain
serious injury or death. Accordingly, it is necessary to take reasonable steps to make sure that
all lug nuts are tight, especially after a wheel has been recently removed.
Although the truck driver and his company are ultimately responsible for
the condition of the rig, they may have been set up by others upon whom
they relied for maintenance. 18 wheelers are so-called for reason. There
are 18 wheels and each of them need to be checked and maintained. Tire
pressure, secure nuts, signs of tread separation and other factors are
all critically important to the safety of the trucker and everyone else
on the highway.
Since this crash occurred in the Cincinnati area, an experienced
Cincinnati truck accident lawyer should be contacted as soon as possible. The evidence must be preserved.
The facts must be investigated to quickly learn why this tire was able
to get loose, and who caused it.