A runaway wheel is a situation where a tractor-trailer or a truck's wheel comes off and hit other vehicles on the highway. When a wheel comes off of a truck and injures or kills someone, a truck accident lawyer should be contacted. These are complex cases that involve a great deal of investigation, effort and expense. Our reputable tractor trailer accident law firm will do the investigation and will determine who is at fault. A victim does not pay a fee unless the lawyers win the case.
If your case involves a serious injury or death, you are probably a family member who is spending a lot of time with the injured person or even planning a funeral. If this is your situation, we will meet you at the hospital or anywhere else that is convenient for you to discuss your truck wheel-off case. In tragic times like this, our law firm will do everything possible to help you through it.
What Causes Wheel Off Truck Accidents?
There are several reasons why a wheel can become loose and detach from a semitrailer truck, garbage truck or other commercial vehicle:
- The studs and/or bolts become loose or break
- Insufficient tightening
- Use of incorrect wheel parts
- Poor maintenance
- Poor-quality parts
- Failure to use specialized parts that would prevent the wheel from coming off
Runaway Wheel Vehicle Recall
One example, Prevost Cars, Inc announced a recall of an X3-45 and an MTH XLII-45E coach, each of the model years. These two vehicles had incorrect hardware installed onboard, and this hardware was in danger of causing the tag axle hub cap screws to become loose. Over time, this might have led the wheels to completely separate from the coaches. This would obviously pose a hazard, as the driver would suddenly be unable to properly control their coach. Plus, a wheel skittering haphazardly across traffic could endanger other vehicles as well as any pedestrians who might be in the area at the time of the incident.
Runaway Tire/Wheel Accident Compensation
The family of a person killed in a car accident in Pennsylvania may pursue financial compensation for their tragic loss by filing a wrongful death claim. Damages that are usually covered by a wrongful death claim include funeral bills, lost future income and benefits, loss of love and companionship, and more. If an accident was a hit-and-run and the driver is not found, the uninsured motorist provision in the victim's car insurance policy may also be pursued.When you have sustained a serious injury, you need a top truck accident lawyer in Philadelphia