After the accident that resulted in the death of a 50 year old woman on the 401 Highway, several people were left with lots of questions. Why did this happen? How could this have been prevented? As we all know by know, a tire flew out of a truck and struck the woman’s car, killing her instantly. Many people claimed out that it was the driver’s fault, but it may not be so simple.
Gus Andersen is an instructor at the Ontario Truck Driving School and he feels that you can’t really tell whose fault was it without knowing some background info.
“A lot of it has to do with the inspection. If the driver or the technicians inspect the car the way they are supposed to, things like this can be prevented” said Andersen, who also said they usually put a little paint mark on the screws so they can know when they have been moved.
Accidents like this one used to happen more often before, until some stricter regulations and certifications were implemented. According to Andersen, last time it happened, they came with wheel installation certificates for people in charge on installing them. That and stricter fines to Truck companies made accidents like this almost eerradicate completely.
I don’t know exactly what they might do, but I wouldn’t be shocked if they implemented some new changes” said Andersen/