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Arnold & Itkin LLP Truck Accident Blog2016MarchThe Tire Aging Bill

The Tire Aging Bill

Faulty tires are a major cause of truck accidents, so why did a bill that would require manufacturers to release a tire's age fail to pass? This bill, which failed to pass the Maryland state legislature a few years ago, would have required all tire distributors in the state to label their tires with the month and year the tire was made, as well as a warning label about the danger of aged tires.

Even further than this, the customer buying a tire would have to sign an agreement saying that he or she understood tire-aging dangers. All manufacturers in violation of the bill could be fined up to $500. While this bill—Maryland House Bill 729—was introduced in Maryland, other states have been examining similar legislation.

But the bill failed to pass.

Even “Brand New” Tires Can Have Hidden Dangers.

Many people think they’re safe if they buy brand new tires, which makes sense! You would think that a new set of tires wouldn’t come with any problems, wear and tear, or hidden issues, and you’d certainly have the right to think that. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Even brand new, never-been-used tires fresh off the shelf can have hidden dangers.

The danger comes when consumers buy tires brand new without being aware that they have actually been sitting unused for several years. Old tires crack and strip more easily, so even if it isn't time for a tire rotation or for new tires, drivers may still be in danger. In this case, however, you would have no way of knowing about the dangers posed by your “new” tires.

Tires are expensive, so it makes sense that want them to last for awhile and you want your investment to pay off. You deserve to know if there is damage already present in your new tires that could inhibit their longevity, even if you are paying the same amount. What’s more, this move would actually protect other drivers on the road, particularly in the case of large commercial trucks, which can cause major damage should a tire blowout.

What’s the Future of the Tire Aging Bill?

This particular bill was only a state-wide bill in Maryland, but similar bills have been considered in other states as well. Advocates of the bill believe that eventually, this will have to become an industry standard. The bill can be brought up again in the future, but it is considered “dead for the year.” If you feel passionate about this legislation, let your state or federal representative know.

Injured Due to Defective Tires? Call Us.

If you or someone you know was injured in a truck accident because of defective tires, then you very well may be entitled to compensation. Depending on the nature of your accident and / or injuries, you could be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, and more.

There are many truck accident causes, but one that often gets overlooked is defective tires. The trucking company may have been unaware of the age of the tires and therefore the manufacturer may be at fault. Whatever the particulars of your case, you should speak with a truck accident attorney at our firm so that you can fully understand your rights. We know how to get to the bottom of these cases in order to hold those responsible accountable for their actions, and in order to maximize your recovery.

For more information or a free case evaluation, please contact a truck accident lawyer from Arnold & Itkin today to see how we can help you after a truck accident.

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