Description of Tire Regrooving for Trucks
Regrooving tires has been a controversial practice for years. Those who have worked in the trucking industry are frequently aware of how regrooving tires can easily go wrong and cause serious accidents on the road. Despite this knowledge, numerous truck drivers are now beginning to regroove tires once again. Due to the heightened prices of gasoline and increased competition for work, truckers are finding that regrooving tires is economical and can help cut down on costs. The ones who suffer are the car drivers who may become severely injured as a result of accidents caused by regrooved tires. Those who do not properly regroove tires can experience a tire blowout, tire skidding or tread separation.
Federal Regulations on Tire Regrooving
The federal government has explicitly created specific regulations to regulate the regrooving of truck tires. The federal government is aware of the danger that improper tire regrooving poses to the typical car driver on the road. Title 49 Transportation of the U.S. Code lists all of the regulations that pertain to tire regrooving. These regulations are careful in stating the conditions under which tires may be regrooved and sold.
Under §569.7, individuals may not offer or sell regrooved tires by “removing rubber from the surface of a worn tire tread to generate a new tread pattern.” This regulation also applies to an individual who is regrooving his or her own tires for purposes of interstate commerce. In other words, a person may not shave off or decrease the amount of rubber on a truck tire.
Truck drivers are required to maintain tires that have a protective covering of tread material that is at least 3/32-inch thick. If there are any groove cracks or evidence of tread separation, a truck driver may not use the regrooved tires.
Those who sell and distribute tires that are regroovable must also meet the labeling requirements of §569.9. This regulation requires that individuals ensure “regroovable” is molded into each tire and be written in letters that are 0.38 to 0.50 inches in height.
How Can Drivers Become Endangered by This Practice?
Unfortunately, car drivers are at a great risk if truck drivers use regrooved tires. Some truck drivers try to regroove tires themselves, but they should be aware that it is very difficult to thoroughly and precisely regroove tires. Only professional mechanics should regroove tires. A poor regrooving job increases the risk that a truck driver will spin off the side of the road and get into an accident. A truck driver may lose control of the truck if tires are improperly regrooved. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) warns that consumers need to exert caution in purchasing cheap regrooved tires. Individuals should make sure that the tires meet federal regulations before installing them on a truck.
Careless and Illegal Regrooving of Truck Tires
Those who engage in careless tire regrooving should be aware that they are violating federal regulations. Careless tire regrooving may subject one to severe civil penalties. One may also be sued if he or she is involved in an accident with car drivers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator states that truck drivers can face a fine of $1,000 per violation that involves improperly regrooved tires.
Contact Illinois Trucking Accident Attorneys for More Information
If you have been involved in a trucking accident, you should get in touch with a Chicago Truck Accident Lawyer at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC to further discuss your case. There may be extenuating circumstances that are responsible for causing the accident, such as the use of regrooved tires. An experienced Illinois trucking accident lawyer can research the facts of your case to determine whether a truck driver was negligent in maintaining tires or a truck.