Tire Failure Cause Your Car Accident Injuries?
Philadelphia Tire Defect Lawyer Explains Product Liability for Blowouts
A tire blowout can be a dangerous event, leading to auto accidents and serious injuries. Sometimes, tire failure results from punctures, hitting curbs or improper maintenance on the part of the vehicle owner or mechanic. In many cases, however, it is the design or construction of the tire that is to blame. Poor design, inadequate testing and/or substandard materials can all result in unsafe tires that are prone to failure. Car and tire manufacturers may issue recalls for defective tires, but these recalls do not provide for those who have already sustained serious personal injuries or lost a loved one in a wreck. Instead, victims of tire blowout accidents and their families can file product liability claims to recover compensation from the company responsible for the defects.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by a tire blowout, then you may be entitled to compensation beyond an auto insurance claim. In some cases, victims may not even know whether auto defects contributed to the crash. However, a tire defect lawyer from our law firm can investigate your car accident and determine your options for recovery. At Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., we have extensive experience handling product liability cases involving tire failure and other auto defects. In one case, we represented a wrongful death claim on behalf of a family involved in a fatal car accident caused by tire failure. After an extensive investigation and negotiation, our attorneys obtained a settlement of $3.5 million in this case.
What are Common Causes of Tire Failure?
Tire failure occurs when there is a weakness or defect in the material or design of a tire. Often, the stress and heat caused by driving at high speeds affects these weakened areas, leading to a rupture or blowout. The most common defects that can result in tire failure include:
- Tire tread separation. This occurs when the tire tread peels away in a sheet from the tire itself. This defect can lead to tire blowouts, as the tire is substantially weakened by the separation. When this happens, rollover accidents are common, as the vehicle is forced sharply to one side after the tire blows out. Even if the tire does not fail, the driver may lose control of the vehicle if tread separation occurs. Tread defects are usually the result of errors in the manufacturing process and have been the cause of several tire recalls.
- Substandard materials. The use of old or poor quality materials in the manufacturing process often results in weak tires. These tires may be brittle and are prone to failure, especially at high speeds.
- Ineffective or outdated tire design. Modern tires consist of layers of steel, nylon and rubber, and also include liners with substances to prevent degradation of the other components. However, some tire manufacturers try to cut costs and maximize profits by designing tires with fewer layers or inadequate material.
- Improper testing. Before marketing tires, manufacturing companies should test them to ensure they are safe for use. However, many companies may neglect these tests, increasing the risk of blowouts.
- Aged tires. Old tires are much more likely to fail, especially when underinflated or overinflated.
- Errors in installation, including mismatched tires. Negligence by mechanics and car servicing companies may also cause tire failure due to uneven wear and tear.
Who is Liable for Auto Accidents Caused by Tire Failure?
Generally, when defective tires cause an injurious or fatal car accident, victims and their families can collect compensation through a product liability claim. Depending on the circumstances of the crash, you may be able to recover from multiple parties. These include:
- Tire manufacturing company. Many companies manufacture tires for use on many different makes and models of cars. If a design or manufacturing defect is the cause of tire failure, the manufacturer is usually at least partially liable.
- Automaker. In some instances, the car manufacturer may also share liability for damages resulting from accidents caused by tire failure. If auto defects in the vehicle contribute to the blowout or exacerbate the damage caused, then the automaker may be liable for those damages.
- Dealership or mechanic. If a company or repair person neglects to ensure that tires are balanced and sound, then failure may result. If so, victims can sometimes recover compensation from those parties as well.
Our car accident attorneys have handled numerous lawsuits involving tire defects. We have the skill and resources to find out how these accidents take place and to identify liable parties. A tire defect lawyer from our firm can help you obtain compensation for your medical bills and other hardships.
Tire Blowout? Call a Tire Defect Lawyer Today to Learn Your Legal Options
If you sustained catastrophic personal injuries or lost a loved one due to flawed tires or any other auto defects, we are here to help. We can investigate your crash to find all liable parties, which helps ensure you get the maximum compensation possible. Additionally, we consider all of your expenses, both past and future, when filing a claim. This includes not only your medical bills and lost wages, but the cost of ongoing treatments, therapies and even accommodations.
Contact our law firm today to speak with an experienced Philadelphia or New Jersey tire defect lawyer. We offer free initial consultations and handle cases on a contingency fee basis — you pay us nothing unless we get results for you.