If you or someone you love was hurt in an accident caused by a defective tire or tire blowout, contact a tire injury lawyer at Munley Law as soon as possible.
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Defective Tires Cause Car and Truck Accidents
Millions of unsafe tires have been recalled, but countless others remain on the road. Badly maintained and defective tires can cause serious and even fatal car and truck accidents.
A tire may look simple, but in fact it is a complex structure with multiple components. If one or more of those components fails, or is poorly made, your car won’t drive safely. Depending on the cause of the tire failure, you maybe able to bring a claim against the driver, transportation company, or the manufacturer who made and sold the tire.
Tire Blowouts and Other Tire Defects
The most common type of tire defect is a blowout. A blowout is often accompanied by a loud bang as the tire explodes, causing the vehicle to abruptly jerk and pull to one side. Often, this will cause the driver of the vehicle to lose control and crash, putting not only the vehicle’s occupants but also other drivers on the road in danger. At highway speeds, these kinds of accidents can be catastrophic.
Conditions that can cause a tire blowout include:
- Underinflation – Low tire pressure puts a strain on your tires and can ultimately lead to a blowout or tire failure.
- Overloading – If a truck or vehicle is overloaded it can put excessive stress on the tires and result in a blowout.
- Excessive wear and tear – Continuing to drive on worn out or expired tires is dangerous.
- Tread separation – A flaw in tire design or construction can cause the tread to separate from the rest of the tire and result in a blowout.
Tractor trailers and large trucks are especially prone to tire blowouts. You have likely seen shreds of black rubber debris scattered along the highway; these “road gators” are the remnants of a truck tire blowout. The time between May and October is known as “blowout season,” because heat increases the chance of a blowout.
Other common types of tire defects include:
- Tire failure
- Tread-bare or bald tires
- Neglected maintenance
- Expired tires sold as new
Poor maintenance and inspection
Tire failure can result from negligent maintenance and/or vehicle inspection. If you were hurt because another driver negligently failed to maintain the safety of their vehicle, or a transportation company failed to conduct proper inspections, you may be able to hold them accountable for their recklessness.
Drivers rely on tire manufacturers to ensure their products are safe and free of dangerous defect. If a retailer falsely sells expired tires as new, or a manufacturer allows a defective product to go to market, the consequences for innocent people can be devastating. When companies put consumers at risk, they must be held responsible.
What to do if you were hurt in a tire accident
After a crash caused by a defective tire, there are a few steps you can take to protect your own interests. First, make every attempt to ensure the tire is not repaired, destroyed or discarded. Document everything, including photographs of the vehicle(s) involved, witness statements, police incident report number, and any related medical treatment or missed time from work. Most importantly, contact a lawyer who can advise you and fight on your behalf. Tire cases can be very complex, so it is critical that you choose a lawyer with extensive experience in product liability as well as auto and truck accident cases.
Time is of the essence. Our legal team is ready to help you today. The lawyers at Munley Law have earned national recognition for their multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts and for their dedication to fighting for the injured. As your representatives, we will take care of every aspect of your case from start to finish, so that you can recover from your injuries and move on with your life. First, we will meet with you to learn about what happened and answer any questions you may have. Then, if you wish to move forward, we will get to work right away consulting with experts and investigators to determine the exact cause of your accident and who is responsible. Throughout the legal process, you will have access to your lawyer and paralegal for any additional help you may need during this time.
The initial consultation is absolutely free, and there is never a charge for our services unless we win your case. Call today.