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How is the condition of tires a violation of trucking laws?

It is not uncommon for drivers in Pennsylvania to encounter large trucks traveling on the roadways. Whether it is night or day, a semi-truck or a tractor-trailer, these massive vehicles frequently travel on major and minor roadways to make a delivery or a shipment. No matter if it is a short trip or one across the state or across the nation, there are trucking laws in place to ensure the safe operation of trucks. This not only means that a truck driver is properly trained and operating up to a certain amount of hours, but also concerns the inspection and care of the parts of the vehicle as well.

How is the condition of tires a violation of federal trucking regulations? According to section 325.93, it is required that all the wheels of a commercial vehicle such as a semi-truck or a tractor-trailed undergo inspection and meet specific requirements. This section not only requires that tires conform to certain standards as in type and tread pattern but also required visual inspections.

A truck inspection does not only confirm that the appropriate tires are used on the vehicle but also that they are in good working order. Old or damaged tires are required to be replaced. Failing to keep approved and properly functioning tires could be dangerous. This could create a huge risk for a tire blowing out. Moreover, this could be the cause of a truck accident.

Following a truck crash, investigation could reveal whether the vehicle complied with federal trucking laws. If it did and their failure to comply with these regulations was the cause or part of the cause for an accident occurring, those involved in the truck accident could use that information to assign liability. In addition, this information could be used in a civil action such as a personal injury claim or a wrongful death suit. While this informational blog post cannot give advice, an attorney may be able to help victims of truck accidents.

Source: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, "ยง 325.93: Tires," accessed Feb. 16, 2015

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