The latter scenario recently played out in the Pittsburgh area. A 53-year-old man died in the incident which took place on Interstate 79.
Law enforcement is not completely clear where the tires were before they flew off the truck. They believe they were either lying on the back of the truck or trailer, or were lost from the tractor-trailer. What is known is the dual set of tires, which weigh approximately 400 pounds, struck a vehicle head-on after first bouncing over guide wires and the grass median. The tires also struck the side of a second vehicle.
Individuals from both cars were hurt in the incident. In fact, the driver of the first vehicle struck died. His passenger, as well as an occupant of the other vehicle, was hurt.
The truck that the tires fell from did not stop. A state trooper said that it is possible that the driver of the truck that lost the tires may not have even been aware that anything happened.
Trucks are highly regulated. That means that it is possible that once it is determined which truck was involved in the incident, the trucking company that operated the truck could face some consequences in the form of fines as well as personal injury lawsuits.
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Dislodged tires strike vehicles, kill driver,” Molly Born, Sept. 8, 2014