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Tire Defects
The job of a tire is more than just helping to move a vehicle. Tires are designed to accurately distribute a vehicle’s weight among its axels while gripping the road or terrain to safely guide the vehicle to its destination.
John T. Flood is an attorney in Texas who focuses on defective tire cases. Call (361) 654-8877 to get compensation for your injury caused by a faulty tire.

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 defective tires. 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 Defective Tire 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. Were you injured by a defective tire? Call attorney John Flood at  (361) 654-8877 today for a free initial case evaluation. 


Frequently Asked Questions About Defective Tires 

How do I know if my tire is defective?

One of the easiest ways to find out if you have defective tires is to search for recalls on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website. Even if your tires are not included in an official recall, they may still be defective. If you were in an accident and your tires could have been the cause, you may have a defective tire case.

What are common examples of tire defects?

Examples of tire defects include:

  • tread separation
  • tires that do not properly show tead wear
  • steel belt separation
  • belt wedge flaws
  • cap ply defects
  • skim stock flaws
  • inner liner defects
  • trapped air or water during curing process
  • material contamination
  • inner liner cracks

What are the main causes of tire defects?

Tires may be defective for a variety of reasons. In many cases, the design of the tire was defective. In some cases, the manufacturing of the tire causes the defect. A tire defect can even be caused by faulty tire installation or repair. Some tires are also made with low quality materials.

What types of injuries result from defective tires?

Accidents due to defective tires can result in head injuries, traumatic brain injuries, chest injuries, abdomen injuries, whiplash, spine injuries, broken bones, lacerations, bruises, and more. Defective tire accident injuries can even be fatal.

Who is liable for defective tire injuries?

In many cases, the tire manufacturer is liable for injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident caused by defective tires. However, the automaker may be liable if they knowingly installed defective tires on the vehicle. In some cases, a mechanic can be liable for incorrect tire installation or for failing to inform a customer of tire condition concerns.

How much is a defective tire case worth?

The only way to know how much your defective tire case may be worth is to discuss it with an experienced products liability lawyer. John Flood Trial Lawyers will listen to the facts of your unique situation and give you an estimate of how much you may be able to receive in compensation.

What should I do if I was injured by a defective tire?

If you were in an accident due to defective tires that resulted in injuries, you should first seek medical attention. Then when you are well enough, contact a lawyer who handles defective tire cases or other products liability cases like John Flood Trial Lawyers.

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