Truck accidents involving truck tire failure are examined by reviewing existing literature, interviewing local cargo haulers, and analyzing several computerized accident data files. As reported in the literature, such accidents are shown to account for between 0.68% and 0.82% of all truck accidents in the United States. Similar data reported by two specific cargo haulers show that truck accidents involving truck tire failure account for 0.43% to 0.75% of all their recorded accidents, and that a truck accident involving truck tire failure occurs about once in every 10 million to 17 million truck vehicle miles. Further, only about one truck tire failure in 1,300 to 2,200 of such failures results in an accident. Data derived from various HSRI data accident files indicate that truck accidents involving truck tire failure constitute from 0.02% of all accidents (i.e., accidents involving all types of vehicles) in the State of Texas to an average of about 0.9% of all accidents on the Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania Turnpikes. Further, such accidents account for about 0.9% of all truck accidents in Texas and average about 4.4% of all track accidents on these Turnpikes. Truck accidents involving front tire failures (most often the right front tire) usually are a consequence of loss of control. From 85% to 99% of such accidents involve just one vehicle. Accidents involving trailer-tire failures almost always involve a tire fire. In general, truck accidents involving tire failure were found to be so rare as to make only a minor contribution to the total body of accident statistics. /HSRI/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Highway Safety Research Institute

    Huron Parkway and Baxter Road
    Ann Arbor, MI  United States  48109
  • Authors:
    • Dunalp, D F
    • O'Day, J
  • Publication Date: 1975-2

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 17 p.
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 5
    • Issue Number: 6

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00096016
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 15 1975 12:00AM