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What to know about spiked wheel ornaments

Kentucky residents and others around the country may have noticed that large trucks may use ornamental spikes as lug nut covers. In many cases, these spikes are made from plastic, but they may also be made from metal or aluminum. If a spike comes too far from a wheel, it may increase the risk of an accident. Data indicates that half of bicyclists who are killed in accidents involving large trucks first collide with the side of the big rig.

About a quarter of pedestrians who are killed in an accident with a large truck do the same. As these spikes may intimidate other drivers, some trucking companies have discontinued their use. The state of Hawaii has passed laws regulating the use of such lug nut covers as well. According to the legislation, these spikes and other wheel coverings may not exceed 4 inches.

If a person who is injured in a trucking accident can show that it was caused by the truck driver's negligence, he or she may be entitled to compensation. Negligence may occur if a truck driver makes contact with another vehicle, bicycle or pedestrian. The driver's employer may also be liable for damages if it did not provide proper training related to properly maintaining a vehicle's tires.

It may be a good idea to talk with an attorney about ways to obtain compensation. In some cases, it may be best to negotiate a settlement outside of court. However, if the party or parties responsible for causing an accident won't negotiate in good faith, it may be necessary to go to trial. Either way, an injured victim may be entitled to compensation for medical bills incurred, future medical bills and lost wages. Lost future earnings may also be included in a settlement or jury award.

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