Trucks can pose a huge safety risk on our roads, particularly in Nevada where much of our state is laced with highways that allow for speeds higher than most of the country. Speed is a common factor for any vehicle accident, though it can be far more catastrophic when big rigs are involved.
Now, there’s another reason why drivers of trucks shouldn’t be speeding: their tires can’t handle it.
A new report was released in early April that revealed that the tires on most trucks cannot regularly sustain a speed of over 75 mph. This is because most of the trucks on American roads today were built for a maximum speed of 75mph, as most drivers were not legally allowed to go above 70mph at that time.
However, several states are pushing these speed limits up. Texas currently allows trucks to sometimes legally reach speeds of 85mph, and Nevada is currently considering increasing the speed limit to 75mph and above.
Tire Blow Outs and Accidents on Nevada Highways
Tire blowouts can be due to a number of factors, from under-inflation and heavy loads to debris, to constantly traveling at high speeds for an extended period of time. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), from 2009 to 2013, tires were a factor in 198 car accidents. Sadly, these accidents resulted in 223 deaths.
The NHTSA has recently concluded another study focused on truck tires and excessive speeds. During the investigation, it was found that exceeding the speed of 75mph resulted in 3 crashes related to tire blow outs. Of all 16 of the cases investigated, exceeding the speed of 75mph was a factor, though not necessarily due to blown out tires.
Staying Safe Around Trucks
There are many things that drivers can do to stay safe when traveling with, and alongside, trucks on our Nevada highways:
- Whenever possible, pass on the left-hand side of the truck
- When a truck is turning, give it considerable space (this is especially true if the truck is making a right-hand turn)
- Pass by a truck quickly yet safely. A truck has more blind spots than a standard passenger vehicle and may not be able to see you if you’re driving beside it
Being involved in a trucking accident can often result in dire consequences. The personal injury attorneys at the office of Bertoldo, Baker, Carter, and Smith have handled numerous cases involving trucks and truck-related accidents. We offer support and counsel to clients and help them receive the compensation they deserve.
Call us today to schedule your free initial consultation at (702) 505-8115.