June 28, 2012
The driver of a commercial tractor-trailer was killed recently when his vehicle was struck by a tire off of a trailer being hauled by a vehicle in front of him. According to WSLS 10 News, the Roanoke Trucking Accident happened at around 8 a.m. on Interstate 81 near the Roanoke/Montgomery County line.
Virginia State Police believe that the truck was heading northbound that morning when a wheel and tire off of a horse trailer in front of the tractor-trailer came off the axle. The tire then bounced down the highway before crashing through the truck’s windshield and striking the 44-year-old driver from Texas.
Troopers added that the driver of the pickup that was hauling the trailer was cited for having defective equipment and could face additional charges once a full investigation has been completed.
Defective wheels and tires have been known to play a part in deadly crashes prior to this incident. In fact, they were determined to be the cause of 271 fatal accidents and hundreds of other crashes resulting in serious injuries when Bridgestone Firestone admitted to putting faulty tires on Ford automobiles. The company agreed to pay a settlement to Ford for $240 million and spent a total of near $500 million recalling the defective products.
The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm say this is why it is important to keep a close eye on the condition of your vehicle’s tires.