Car Accidents Caused by Defective Tires Rasansky Law Firm February 26, 2016

Was your car accident caused by a tire blowout, tread separation, or otherwise defective tire?

If you’ve been injured and have a potential defective tire claim, call us today for a free consultation at 1-877-405-4313.

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Car Accidents Caused by Defective Tires & Blowouts

Tires are a vehicle’s only points of contact with the road. It is extremely important that you make sure that your vehicle is fitted with the correct tires, that they are properly inflated, and have plenty of tread left.

When a tire fails and causes a car accident, you may be left wondering if the manufacturer (e.g. Goodyear, BFGoodrich, Firestone, Michelin, Toyo, etc) produced a defective product. You might have concerns that the tire shop (Discount Tire, Walmart, NTB, Pep Boys, etc) negligently installed old tires or the wrong size tires altogether. Both of these scenarios are possible, and the best way to determine this is to have an attorney perform a free initial investigation into the matter.

Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for tire shops to store tires for long periods of time, leading to their deterioration before installing them onto a vehicle. It’s also very likely that a tire has been recalled, but no recall notice was ever sent out to you. Owners are only contacted about recalls if they have registered their tires, but it’s estimated that only about 10% of tires sold by independent tire dealers are ever registered.

Defective tire accidents range in severity. Let’s take a look at some of the most common scenarios:

  1. Vehicles with high centers of gravity, such as SUVs, may have their tires suffer from tread separation (or delamination), leading to a blowout. Once this happens, the vehicles becomes destabilized, making it prone to roll over. Rollover accidents are terrifying, and can result in catastrophic injuries for everyone concerned.
  2. Tire beads are responsible for helping keep a tire in place while on the road. Should these come off on account of them not being properly reinforced, a tire may lose pressure leading to a blowout, and consequently, an accident.
  3. Tire sidewalls are responsible for stopping air from escaping from a tire. On top of that, they help protect parts of the tire, strengthening it from outside forces. Poor manufacturing or lack of proper testing may result in the formation of bubbles or sidewall separation, unbeknownst to the car owner. Before long, strange noises, vibrations signaling tire sidewall breakdown may go unnoticed, resulting in a blowout and an accident.
  4. During routine service at a tire center, your tires could be incorrectly installed by personnel, jeopardizing your safety. In such cases, you can file a negligence lawsuit against the service center citing that the owners breached their duty of care when servicing your vehicle.
  5. Ozone cracking due to the exposure of tires to improper manufacturing standards leads to the formation of cracks on the surface of a tire which compromise its integrity. This can be due to improper storage by the tire maker, design or manufacturing defects, or the use of inferior materials during the making of the tire.

Get legal help today!

If you’ve been in an accident that you suspect was caused by a defective tire, speak to us immediately. We’ll review the facts of your case and explain the legal options available to you for no cost. If we can help with your claim, we’ll carry out a full investigation and collect evidence to help build a strong case to ensure that you get the maximum amount of money damages that you deserve. You’ll never have to risk a dime of your own money, as we work on contingency. Call us today at 1-877-405-4313 for your free, no-commitment consultation. Thanks for choosing us, and we look forward to hearing from you.

By Jeff Rasansky

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