One man is dead following an 18-wheeler blowout collission involving with two vehicles on Interstate 10. The crash occurred on Wednesday, April 13, in San Antonio, TX.
The Blowout Crash
On Wednesday, April 13, an 18-wheeler hauling gravel was traveling northbound on Interstate 10 around 5 p.m. The 18-wheeler’s tire suddenly blew out and caused the vehicle to swerve into the left lane.
When the 18-wheeler entered the left lane, it hit a Toyota Corolla and a Jeep Latitude. The impact of that crash pushed the Toyota Corolla into a concrete barrier in the median of the highway. The Corolla continued to travel on top of the barrier where it hit a metal portion and caught fire. It is unclear how the crash impacted the Jeep Latitude.
The 55-year-old driver of the Toyota Corolla was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died from his injuries. The driver of the Jeep Latitude was also taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Authorities are unaware of his current condition. Police have not released information on the condition of the 18-wheeler driver.
Authorities are continuing an investigation into the crash.
The Major Causes of 18-Wheeler Blowouts
If you’ve ever driven next to an 18-wheeler on the highway, you know just how nerve-racking it can be. These vehicles take up a lot of space on the road and can create a lot of damage if they do crash.
While tire blowouts are a relatively common occurrence for most vehicles, they can be more dangerous for an 18-wheeler. When a tire blows out on an 18-wheeler, it can cause the large vehicle to lose control and swerve into other drivers on the road. Drivers and truckers especially need to be aware of the primary causes of these sorts of incidents:
- Poor vehicle maintenance— Every trucking company has a responsibility to keep up with vehicle maintenance and ensure that its trucks meets all safety requirements.
- Incorrect tire inflation— An 18-wheeler’s tires should never be over-inflated or under-inflated. If they are, there is an increased risk of the tire exploding on the road.
- Roadway hazards— Hazards on the road such as potholes, uneven pavement, or construction zones can all contribute to a tire blowing out.
- Improper loading techniques— The cargo that is placed in an 18-wheeler must be evenly balanced and not exceed the load capacity of the vehicle.
Driving next to an 18-wheeler can be intimidating, especially if you’re concerned about a tire blowout. Although some tire blowouts are unavoidable, many trucking companies can avoid this issue by keeping up with regular vehicle maintenance and safe loading practices.
If you’re driving next to an 18-wheeler on a busy highway, don’t spend more time than necessary in the left lane. Pass the truck and continue down the road. Make sure you avoid lingering in the 18-wheeler’s blind spots and don’t exceed your speed just to pass them.