On Tuesday, March 17, 2015, a tractor-trailer travelling westbound on I-10 in Leon County experienced a tire blowout on one of the tires attached to the cab. The blowout occurred near mile marker 211 in the outside lane. Unfortunately, in that same lane, a motorcycle being driven by 66-year-old Lonnie Jennings of Tennessee was following behind.
Mr. Jennings attempted to avoid the tire debris as it shot out from underneath the truck and towards his motorcycle, but he was unable to steer around it or brake in time. The motorcycle slid over up onto the north shoulder of the highway where it finally came to rest. The truck came to a safe stop roughly a quarter of a mile from where the tire blowout occurred. Mr. Jennings was transported via ambulance to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital with severe injuries.
When riding a motorcycle, or driving a car for that matter, in close proximity to a tractor-trailer, always be aware of your surroundings and the possibility of a tire blowout. Tractor-trailers are often fitted with retreaded tires that are more susceptible to blowing out and coming apart, leaving dangerous debris on the roadway. That is why it’s crucial to maintain a safe distance and be alert. It is our position that liability exists for this accident.
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