On Monday, January 16, 2012 one woman was killed and two others injured when they hit tire remnants that flew off of a tractor-trailer driven by Yuri Babenko. Both vehicles were traveling south on Interstate 95 in Volusia County, Florida. Upon hitting the tire, Jose Camacho lost control of his Ford Explorer, exited the roadway, flipped and hit a tree. The passenger Rebeca Hernandez-Martinez was killed and the other two people in the vehicle were critically injured and transported to Halifax General Hospital.
Comments from Our Trucking Attorneys
Most people assume that a tire coming off a tractor-trailer is an inevitable unforeseen event that is no one’s fault. This is not true. A truck driver is supposed to inspect his tires each morning as part of his pre-trip inspection. With proper training, truck drivers should be able to identify worn tires and have them replaced before the tires come off the vehicle. Unfortunately, many truck drivers continue to drive on unsafe tires until the tires separate from the wheel. We have handled a number of improper inspection and maintenance cases involving tractor-trailer tires and wheels. You can see our case result by clicking here.