Woman Injured by Loose Truck Tire on I-66 in Fairfax County, VA
Fairfax County, VA — July 1, 2022, a woman was critically injured when a loose truck tire crashed into her car on Interstate 66 in Fairfax County.
According to reports the incident happened around 1:30 p.m. on I-66 near Stringfellow Road. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was driving on the highway when a tire detached from a nearby 18-wheeler and crashed into the side of her car. The truck reportedly didn't stop after losing the tire and police were unable to locate it in the area.
The woman suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash and was rushed to an area hospital.
The investigation continues. No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Truck Tire Accident on I-66 in Fairfax County
Some folks may look at this as just some unavoidable freak accident, and it's possible that's more or less correct. However, it's also quite possible that a serious mistake led to the crash.
Generally speaking, a tire coming off a truck like this is the result of either poor usage or poor maintenance. If the truck driver or their employer failed to properly secure that wheel onto the vehicle or maintain it once it was there, they may be considered responsible for the damage it did when it got loose.
Unlikely as it may be, it's also important to consider whether there was some unforeseeable manufacturing issue that led to the accident. If there was a problem with some part of the wheel assembly and it fell apart during normal use, then holding the manufacturer accountable for the victim's injuries will also help make them aware they need to do something before more people get hurt.
I'm not saying I know how or why things went the way they did on I-66, but it seems like there are at least two big concerns about the accident. First would probably be locating the truck driver who didn't see fit to stop despite his big rig losing a wheel, and second would be ensuring that the investigators handling this have the experience and equipment to get all the facts.