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Can Tire Blowouts Cause Truck Accidents?

While traveling along highways throughout the United States, it is not uncommon to come across the sight of a shredded tire along the side of the road. A blowout is a terrifying experience. Now, imagine for a moment that that strip of blown out tire material came from a giant commercial truck. A tire blowout on any vehicle puts the driver at risk, as well as any passengers or occupants of nearby vehicles. Tire blowouts occur every day from a variety of causes. Sadly, accidents involving truck tire blowouts are more common than you might like to believe, and the size and weight of commercial trucks create danger to the occupants of the vehicles traveling nearby.

What Causes Tire Blowouts on Trucks?

There are many manufacturing, maintenance, and usage factors that may be at the root of a truck’s tire blowout. Many of the same factors create a scary-enough risk of the driver losing control of the truck while the tire is still intact,

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How Do I Avoid a Car Accident Caused by a Blind Spot?

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While most car accidents are unforeseen and startling, blind spot accidents can be especially jarring. In a blind spot accident, a driver who collides with an undetected nearby vehicle only becomes aware of the car once contact has been made. In the United States, more than 800,000 of these accidents occur each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Some of the most dangerous blind spot accidents involve big trucks or large passenger vehicles. The blind spots that exist around these larger vehicles can easily obscure an entire car.

What is a Blind Spot?

A blind spot is an area that the driver cannot see either directly or by using the vehicle’s mirrors. Typically, a blind spot occurs in an area that is behind the driver and off to one side of the car. Larger vehicles are more prone to bigger blind spots because the body of the car obscures the view of surrounding motorists.

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Are Construction Workers Frequently Exposed to Toxic Chemicals?

Construction is a highly dangerous industry. According to statistics from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), in 2019, one out of every five worker fatalities were in the construction industry. When it comes to work injuries and illnesses, construction is one of the top 10 most dangerous occupations. Working at heights, and around electrical installations, heavy machinery, and moving vehicles, are all part of a normal day on a construction site, but workers must also be aware of the dangers associated with exposure to toxic chemicals.

How are Construction Workers Exposed to Toxic Chemicals?

Construction workers may be exposed to toxic chemicals in a variety of ways. Some common chemicals and substances include:

  • Solvents
  • Glues
  • Insulations materials
  • Paints
  • Industrial cleaning agents
  • Pesticides
  • Acids
  • Gasoline fumes
  • Hot tar
  • Carbon monoxide

Tasks requiring construction workers to remove or install insulation,

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