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How bald tires on trucks can be very dangerous

On Behalf of | Apr 15, 2024 | Truck Accidents

In Virginia, the condition of a truck’s tires plays an important role in ensuring the safety of everyone on the road.

For example, tires may lose their tread and become “bald.” They pose a serious hazard in all types of circumstances.

Decreased traction and increased risk

Bald tires lack the necessary tread depth to maintain proper traction. This diminished traction can significantly increase the stopping distance of a truck, especially in bad weather conditions such as rain or snow. Without adequate traction, a truck may struggle to brake effectively. This increases the risk of rear-end collisions or loss of control.

Hydroplaning hazards

In wet conditions, bald tires are more prone to hydroplaning. A layer of water builds up between the tire and the road surface, causing the vehicle to lose traction. When a truck hydroplanes, the driver may lose control of the vehicle. The result can be catastrophic accidents, especially on highways where high speeds are common. Roanoke averages 42 inches of rain a year, with all months getting at least eight days of rain.

Blowout potential

Bald tires are more susceptible to blowouts due to the lack of tread depth to dissipate heat and maintain structural integrity. A blowout at high speeds can cause the truck driver to lose control, swerve into adjacent lanes or even roll over, endangering the lives of nearby motorists.

Increased risk of collisions

When a truck with bald tires wrecks, the consequences can be severe, especially for people in smaller vehicles. The sheer size and weight of trucks amplify the impact of a crash, leading to devastating injuries and fatalities for other drivers and passengers.

Virginia law requires commercial vehicles to undergo regular inspections. Safety standards on an inspection include tire tread depth requirements. Failure to maintain properly treaded tires can result in fines and penalties for trucking companies and drivers. Additionally, if an accident occurs due to bald tires, the responsible party may be accountable for the damages and injuries inflicted on others.

Regular tire inspections and timely replacements are important steps in preventing tragic collisions caused by worn-out tires.