Police are saying that the reason the driver of the tour bus taking Indian
tourists to Niagara Falls lost control of the vehicle was because a tire
blew out. The catastrophic New York bus accident claimed the lives of
two women, while injuring the 34 other passengers and the bus driver.
Some of the more serious injuries included head wounds, fractures, and
The bus belongs to Bedore Tours. Although the tour had started in New York City, the bus had left Washington DC and was headed to the falls when the New York tire blowout happened on Interstate 390 about 55 miles from Rochester. The bus flipped over, falling down a wooded median.
According to Dan Ronan of the American Bus Association, the tires on the bus, which is a 2007 model that was last inspected at the end of June, were only 2 months old. State transportation officials say there are no signs that drinking, speeding, driver fatigue, or any other violations by the driver.
As our New York tire defect lawyers have said before, it is so important that tires are free from wear and tear, design defects, or manufacturing flaws that could cause a tire to blow out, experience tread separation, or come off while the vehicle is moving. Tire blowouts can prove deadly, causing the motorist to lose control of the vehicle, collide with another auto, rollover, or careen off the road and on an embankment.
If you or someone you love was injured in a tire blowout accident, you should speak with an experienced auto products liability lawyer right away. If the accident happened because the tire failed—depending on the specifics of what happened and why it happened—you may have reason for filing a tire defect lawsuit against the tire manufacturer or the automaker. You also may have reason to file a personal injury or wrongful death case against a negligent driver and other parties who played a role in the car crash.
Now that we are in the middle of summer, it is more important than ever to make sure that your tires are safe for use. In addition to the fact that more people are on the road, with many of them taking long trips, hot temperatures can cause an already faulty tire to blow out.
Tire blowout eyed in latest fatal tour bus crash, Reuters, July 18, 2011
Tire blowout eyed in fatal NY bus crash, CBS News/AP, July 17, 2011
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15-Passenger Van Lawsuit Filed Against Chrysler and R & J Tire Company Over Woman’s Wrongful Death, Product Liability Law Blog, October 27, 2010
Defective Tire Lawsuit Can Proceed in Arizona Even if Rollover Accident Occurred in Mexico, Says Court, Product Liability Law Blog, August 15, 2009
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