Though most drivers will log many hundreds and probably thousands of miles without so much as an air leak, tire failures can and do occur regularly. In many cases, these tire failures can have deadly consequences when it comes to auto accidents, and sadly, a number of these accidents are the result of design and manufacturing defects beyond your control.
To find out if your injuries have been a result of faulty tires, contact our experienced tire failure lawyer at (888) 711-5947 to schedule a free initial consultation.
According to estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 8,000 car accidents each year are caused by tire blowouts. The term "tire blowout" is used to describe situations where a tire quickly and explosively loses air pressure, causing the driver to lose control of their vehicle. As the tire deflates, vehicles can become more vulnerable to rollover or potentially veer into oncoming traffic, leading to devastating single-or multi-vehicle collisions.
Depending on the cause of the blowout, you may have grounds to file a legal claim against the tire manufacturer, a distributor, a retailer, or a combination of all of these parties in pursuit of fair compensation. Reviewing your situation with a skilled attorney can help you understand your legal options and choose the most appropriate course of action.
Tire failures can happen for a number of reasons. Sometimes with the recognition of early warning signs, tire failure can be prevented, but in the case that your tires are damaged or faulty due to design flaws or manufacturing defects, tire failure can be unavoidable.
Some of the most common causes of faulty tire failures include:
In many cases, auto accidents caused by these types of tire failures can be traced back to recalls and defective products. Though sometimes improper maintenance can be the culprit of a blowout, it’s important to consult an experienced auto product liability lawyer to determine whether or not the manufacturer should be held liable.
While many tire blowouts cannot be anticipated ahead of time, there are certain things you can do to minimize this risk and keep your vehicle safe.
To minimize your chances of a blowout, be sure to regularly check your tires for:
It is also a good idea to keep a close watch on your tire's age. Industry standards recommend you keep your tires on your vehicle no longer than 10 years, though more frequent tire changes may be required depending on how much you drive each year.
To check the age of your tires, look for the four digit date code at the end of the DOT stamping on your tire's sidewall. This will provide you with the week and year that your tires were manufactured. For example, 4318 would mean that your tires were made during the 43rd week of 2018.
As with any personal injury claim, a tire failure claim will rely heavily on whether or not you can prove that the defect was the actual cause of your car accident. The defendant named in your case may argue that the damage to the tire was caused by your crash, rather than the other way around. Unless you are prepared and work closely with an experienced auto product liability attorney like the ones you can find at our firm, the judge or jury may agree with them.
Your three strongest pieces of evidence in your tire defect case may be:
Using these types of evidence and accompanying strategies, our Denver product liability attorneys have been able to successfully close tire defect cases for our clients in the past.
If you are fairly certain, or even a little suspicious, that your car accident was caused by a defective tire, the first thing you should do is speak to a personal injury attorney. Think of them as your guide through the jungle that is litigation and claims – the sooner you have them, the safer and happier you will be. At The Gilbert Law Group®, we would be proud to be your legal advocates for your tire defect case, whether you live in Colorado near our office or anywhere in the country.
Once you have retained trustworthy legal assistance, the next step is determining if you need to make your own lawsuit or if a mass tort exists that you can opt into for ease of filing. If multiple plaintiffs have experienced injury due to identical tire failures, a mass tort can allow them to sue all as one entity, streamlining the litigation process. You will also want to talk to your lawyer early on about possible settlements being offered from the tire’s manufacturer or parent company. You could potentially close your case quickly if their initial offers are fair and cover all your expenses.
Our firm handles tire failure claims and other vehicle defects across America, and we understand the legal obligations and regulations with which retailers and manufactures must comply. Our experienced tire failure lawyers will investigate your case to help you determine whether your tires were subject to recalls or past lawsuits, who should be held liable and how much compensation you might be eligible for.
See whether defective or faulty tires may have contributed to your auto accident. Contact The Gilbert Law Group® at (888) 711-5947 for an assessment.
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