JACKSONVILLE, FL – Five people were injured when a tractor-trailer driven by Amnon Rattray had a tire blow, which resulted in him losing control of his vehicle. Mr. Rattray was driving on State Road 9A at St. Johns Bluff road in Jacksonville, Florida when his tire blew. He hit a guardrail and entered the oncoming lane where he hit a Duval County School District vehicle and three other vehicles. The driver of the school district vehicle, Rafaell Harris, was flown to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center in critical condition, three other injured persons were taken by ambulance to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center and the fifth injured individual was taken by ambulance to the Mayo Clinic emergency room.
Comments from Our Trucking Attorneys
Truck drivers are required to perform a pre-trip inspection before they begin driving their tractor-trailer. This inspection should last approximately 20 to 25 minutes. When performed correctly, the truck driver should be able to identify tires that are becoming worn and need to be replaced before the tire blows out. Unfortunately, many truck drivers cut corners because they do not have the time to perform these inspections. We have handled a number of cases involving separating tires or wheels on tractor-trailers. You can look at our case results by clicking here.