Some truck drivers are as big a idiots as other vehicles on the road. I try to stay clear and pass with great speed when I can. Once a trucker gets in trouble it's not as easy to correct as a smaller vehicle.
I once saw a truck tire explode while I was behind it. I wouldn't want that ripping into my car
I had one explode right next to me as I was passing it. Not an experience I'd like to have again.
I've experienced a few exploding truck tires but all were in my younger days on my first job...
working in a Goodyear Farm and Fleet store. Actually it was the rims that let go but essentially the same effect as far as noise goes. Fortunately they were in a cage just like we were trained to do and no one was hurt although it drew a lot of attention from co-workers and passers by.
Out on the road I've never actually seen a tire on a semi blow... although I've picked up lots and lots of the remnants so I know it happens a lot... even on Telegraph road so it isn't just high speed that causes it.
I have had two 'incidents' involving semi tires and wheels while I was driving though. I don't recall the order now but one time I was driving along and saw a lug nut from a semi trailer 'launch'... like a good outfielder I kept an eye on it as it went high in the air and then started back down... I was kind of blocked in my own lane so couldn't take evasive maneuver other than to slow down and try to move to the shoulder some... that lug nut must have had an eye on me because it came down through the windshield on the passenger side of the truck. If anyone had been in that seat they probably wouldn't have been with us today. Fortunately at that time we had no deductible comprehensive insurance but while I was explaining what had happened I got some very strange looks from the staff in the insurance office. Another time, only a few miles away I was following a semi and one of the outside duals came off... someone else along the way must have seen the lug nuts come off one by one... when it separated from the truck it actually increased speed significantly and passed the truck... the driver was probably figuring something had happened and was slowing down too. We were on a huge sweeping curve to the right and eventually the wheel made it to the median. This was on the NE corner of US 10 at Midland and it was a wide grassy median at the time. It slowed down some but it also jumped in the air a couple of times. Finally it made it to the other 'oncoming' lane. It was early morning so most of the traffic was going east like I was but there were still a few vehicles that had to take evasive maneuvers. Fortunately everyone must have had their morning coffee as everyone missed it. I had pulled off the shoulder to keep an eye on the situation although this was way before the era of cell phones so not sure what I would have done if it had hit someone other than try to provide first aid.
To this day I think about that incident every time I drive around that curve and what a disaster it 'could have been'.