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Arnold & Itkin LLP Truck Accident Blog2018FebruaryWhat Are Commercial Truck Tire Regulations?

What Are Commercial Truck Tire Regulations?

Motorists often overlook the necessity of good tires. They take you tens of thousands of miles, rolling through rain and shine. While your tires are reliable and may continue to be for years to come, truckers’ tires are not so dependable due to the hundreds of thousands of miles they travel. For this reason, authorities enact heavy regulations concerning truck tire conditions.

Truck Tire Regulation

Regulatory bodies agree that commercial truck tires need checks to ensure a tire does not pop from overuse.

These are the truck tire regulations in existence today:

  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration: Tread depth of 4/32 of an inch for every major groove
  • Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance: Over 2/32 of an inch in two adjacent grooves

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) holds truckers to a high standard of upkeep. If truckers’ tires are found to be out of compliance with the FMCSA standard, they will incur a citation but can continue on their way. While a citation is serious, the FMCSA standard does not automatically force the truck off the road; the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) rules handle this job.

When a truck is found to be out of compliance with the CVSA standard, the truck driver receives a citation, and the truck must be placed out of service until the problem is fixed. This means the truck will sit wherever it is (assuming it is in a safe area and out of the way of traffic) until the truck company replaces the tire. In short, the FMCSA citation is a warning; the CVSA citation is an emergency.

CVSA International Roadcheck Results

Every year, CVSA archives road checks from June 7-9. Researchers use this data as a cross-section of commercial vehicle safety nationwide. During the 2016 Roadcheck event, CVSA investigators conducted 62,796 inspections over 3 days and cited more than 11,000 trucks for violations. In regards to tire citations, the CVSA inspectors placed 2,067 trucks out-of-service during the event.

Protecting Yourself When Hurt in a Truck Tire Blowout Accident

While not every truck tire blowout ends in an accident, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that tire blowouts do cause over 12,000 truck accidents each year. Tire blowouts not only endanger the trucker but are also a hazard to other drivers on the road. Sometimes, tire blowouts can cause a truck rollover, which can result in multi-vehicle accidents. If you are injured due to a truck tire blowout, you have options to recover. When you contact Arnold & Itkin, you can get a free case evaluation for your incident. We can assess your situation and answer any questions you may have concerning your accident.

Call (888) 490-0442 now to start down the road of financial recovery.


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