Teenager Injured in Loose Tire Accident on Dyer Avenue in Cranston, RI
Cranston, RI -- September 27, 2022, a teenage girl was injured due to an accident where a tire came off of a truck along Dyer Avenue.
Preliminary details indicated that the incident happened at around 3:30 p.m. off the corner of Dyer Avenue and Oxford Street.
A 13-year-old girl was said to be walking across Oxford at the time with friends. While doing so, a tire and rim on a pickup driving along Dyer somehow flew off. The tire then bounced off the roadway where it struck the teenage girl in the head.
Due to the incident, the girl was taken to a hospital with unspecified injuries. No other injuries were listed. Additional details are unavailable at this time.
Commentary on Teen Girl, Loose Truck Tire Accident in Cranston
With an incident like this, it's important not to simply write things off as some unavoidable happening. The reality is this sort of thing is usually preventable. It's just a matter of finding out who failed to prevent it.
Most of the time, a whole tire coming off, as opposed to the tire shredding, is the result either of failure to properly secure the tire or failure to make necessary repairs/replacements. That's usually the driver's responsibility, but it's not out of the question that an employer failed to maintain the vehicle or a repair shop made a mistake.
While far less likely, though, one can't rule out a defect without thorough investigations. Not only would that manufacturer need to own up to the harm brought to this young girl, they would also need to take action to get the defective product off the road as soon as possible.
Frankly, this isn't the sort of thing authorities tend to have the experience or equipment to handle on their own. It's why I am so adamant about independent accident reconstructionists and the steps they can taken to ensure the victims and families are getting the answers they deserve.