Understanding Flying Tire Accidents In Florida
Flying tire accidents involve tires that become unlatched from vehicles and strike other vehicles. Often, these accidents occur on highways when the vehicle is traveling at high speed. The tire smashes into the windshield of another vehicle, and the driver is often killed. To get a sense of the violence of these accidents, one YouTube video shows a flying tire accident as it is occurring. In this case, the tire comes off of a pickup truck and careens into a nearby SUV. The SUV is flipped 20 feet up into the air and comes crashing down onto the ground. The tire hits the vehicle a second time.
Another YouTube video shows a flying tire crashing into the windshield of a police cruiser. The footage was captured from the police cruiser’s dashcam. The tire crashes into the windshield of a police cruiser completely crushing the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle who lost the tire was driving a pickup truck when his truck lost its tire.
In another YouTube video, a pedestrian is struck by a flying tire in Brazil. The tire came off a nearby vehicle and careened into the victim knocking him to the ground. In this case, the pedestrian survived the accident, but he was severely injured as the tire struck his head.
Understanding flying tire accidents and the law
The law states that all owners of a vehicle are responsible for the maintenance of that vehicle. When a tire flies off a moving vehicle, it creates a significant hazard for other drivers and pedestrians. The resulting damage caused by the flying tire is often cataclysmic. In many cases where the tire impacts with a windshield, the driver is killed. The entire force of the tire comes down on the vehicle’s windshield causing it to shatter in the face of the driver. Victims who do survive the accident end up being severely injured from glass shrapnel and the force of the impact.
All vehicle owners are responsible for the upkeep of their vehicles. This means that they are responsible when a tire or wheel unlatches from the vehicle causing injury to another party. Often, the tires belong to commercial trucking companies who failed to perform routine inspections on the vehicle before taking it out for delivery. When this occurs, the trucking company that employed the driver is responsible for the accident. Injured victims or grieving family members can file a lawsuit against the trucking company or the driver whose tire came off the vehicle.
These accidents may seem like freak accidents, but there is generally an element of negligence involved. The driver failed to maintain their vehicle in a roadworthy condition that resulted in a flying tire accident. In these cases, the owner of the vehicle is liable for the accident.
Talk to a Florida Flying Tire Accident Attorney Today
The Florida flying tire accident attorneys at Halpern, Santos & Pinkert represent the interests of those who are injured in flying tire accidents. We also file wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of the families of those who are killed by flying tires. Call our office today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can help.