Products Liability Defective Tires
Drivers trust that their tires will safely transport them every time they get behind the wheel. Tires are crucial component parts of a motor vehicle; and, when manufactured correctly, drivers can trust they will not fail; however, this is not always the case with tire defects. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, tire-related accidents were responsible for 738 fatalities during the 3.2 trillion miles traveled on roads across the country in 2017.
Common Tire Defects
A number like 3.2 trillion traveled miles puts into perspective the work tires must be capable of performing, and this should be reflected in every aspect of their design and manufacturing. If you look closely at a tire, you will see grooves or tread that allow a tire to maintain control on the road and can aid in quickly stopping a vehicle by grabbing the road. While tread might look insignificant to the whole of the tire the materials and design allows the tire to function properly and allows the driver to maintain control of the vehicle. The materials used to manufacture tires also act as protective layers and prevent the tire from separating or deteriorating, rendering the tire ineffective. When a tire blows out while driving, vehicle occupants and everyone around them on the road are in immediate danger.
The most common causes of tire failure include:
- Tire band separations causing puncture of the tire
- Tread separation causing deterioration of the tire
- Tread and steel belt separation
- Tires manufactured without correct materials
- Tires manufactured without separation prevention features
- Improper repair of punctures
- Tires improperly fitted for vehicle
These tire defects can have a variety of effects on a tire while a vehicle is moving. Tire tread separation exposes sensitive materials, which can cause the tire to deteriorate, explode, or shred, resulting in serious injury or death. A tire defect greatly restricts a driver’s ability to control their vehicle, which could cause further accidents involving others on the road. In larger vehicles – such as trucks, SUVs, work trucks, and 18-wheelers – tire failures are often catastrophic. A puncture to an 18-wheeler’s tires could overturn the vehicle, causing it to rollover, one of the most serious accidents in which a driver could be involved.
Texas Tire Defect Injury Lawyer
Unfortunately for drivers, tire manufacturers dodge responsibility for defects and blame wear and tear. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a tire-related accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Defective product claims can be complex, however, you do not have to fight for your rights alone. The experienced advocacy provided by attorney John Flood puts the power back in the hands of the consumer. Our firm tirelessly fights for just compensation, protection from faulty products, and to hold manufacturers responsible for the damage they case.