Defective Tires Causing Accidents – Can I Sue?
Tires are an integral part of any vehicle. Many of us don’t give any thought to these 4 wheels until something bad happens, such as a flat tire or being involved in an accident due to a tire blowout. According to industry advice, motorists are required to replace their tires every 6 years. This, however, can lull one into a false sense of security especially if you are dealing with defective tires.
Tires are made of rubber intertwined with brass wire. This is done to help the tire adhere to the metal wheel as well as provide it with longevity so it doesn’t get eaten up by the tarmac. That being said, it’s not uncommon for manufacturers to store tires in warehouses for long periods of time before fitting them onto new cars. Due to storage conditions in the warehouse, tire surfaces tend to break down on account of the moisture and in the atmosphere on different days. By the time they are installed on a car, they have structural defects that make them more likely to suffer tread blowouts and other serious safety events that can lead to catastrophic accidents.
Here are some of the consequences of driving on defective tires:
- Losing control of the car’s steering wheel
- Poor and unstable acceleration and deceleration
- Tread separation
Crashworthiness and Defective Tires
Crashworthiness is a legal construct which seeks to determine the potential for an accident happening, keeping in mind a number of variables. Put simply, it is the ability of a vehicle to prevent injuries to occupants should there be a collision. That is to say, could you and other car occupants fared better in your accident? In addition, could the lack of a feature or defective aspect have reduced your injuries? Crashworthiness covers vehicle defects, which encompasses things like defective tires. In such cases, it may be possible to file a lawsuit naming a car or tire manufacturer as the defendant so you can collect money damages.
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These kinds of cases are very sensitive because of the likelihood of evidence (such as the tires in question) to disappear. Because of this, you want to act fast to get in touch with a car accident attorney such as myself so I can get to the root of your accident in a timely manner. The sooner you call us, the sooner we can get money in your pocket by way of a product liability lawsuit. The number to call is 877-561-3004, and your first consultation is on us. Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from you.