Truck accidents can be difficult to reconstruct in truck accident litigation. Often, forensic experts trained in reconstructing truck accidents are brought in to help reconstruct the scene. In reconstructing the scene a valuable piece of evidence are tire marks left behind by the truck.
What is the significance of a tire mark? The presence of a skid mark shows that the truck exerted braking force at some point during the accident. The absence of skid marks however is in no way conclusive of the premise that the truck did not exert braking force. There are plenty of scenarios where a truck driver steps on the brakes but does not leave skid marks on the road.
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At this point, it’s worth noting that tire marks do not necessarily equate to skid marks. Skid marks are just one of the many different tire marks that a commercial vehicle can leave on the road. Some of the tire marks which a vehicle may leave are:
Some of the more common tire marks are:
Commercial vehicles have two different axles. Most of them have one steer axle and one or more drive axles. In some models, there may also be non-powered non-steer axles. Steer axles normally do not leave skid marks. When they do, it may indicate that the tires are locked instead of rotating.