Defective tires cause roughly 11,000 automobile accidents each year on our nation’s roadways. Tire blowouts happen more frequently than you may think. When they do, they can cause serious injury and even death. With Americans gearing up for a busy summer of holiday travel, it is important to focus on tire safety measures to protect their loved ones.
Tires that have a design or manufacturing defect are neither safe nor reliable. Defective tires can and do fail. When that happens, they lose air pressure without warning, which can cause you to lose control of your vehicle. If you are traveling at a high enough rate of speed when your tires fail, your chances of having a rollover accident increase.
Some of the most common tire defects include:
There often are warning signs that the tires on your vehicle are not safe. Vehicle owners should visually inspect their tires regularly, as well as have them professionally inspected at least once annually. Some of the warning signs your tires are unsafe include:
These are only a few of the warning signs your tires may be an accident waiting to happen. Having your vehicle routinely inspected by a professional is the best way to ensure its safety. If you suspect anything is amiss, do not wait. Take it to a mechanic immediately for evaluation.
Tire failure creates a dangerous situation on the roadways. When the tire that is failing is on a big rig, that increases the likelihood of injury and death. Traffic on major roadways travels at high rates of speed. Rollovers can happen, making injuries suffered more severe. Here are some of the common injuries experienced due to defective tires:
These types of injuries can leave you with staggering medical bills and permanent disability that affects your ability to live independently or earn a living. You have a right to pursue legal action against responsible parties to recover present and future financial losses plus pain and suffering.
Tires shops and the entire supply chain in the tire manufacturing and distribution process are liable if defective tires are placed on a consumer’s vehicle. Design flaws or other manufacturing mistakes can make tires unsafe for the vehicle’s operator and everyone else on the roadways with them.
If you suspect the tires on your motor vehicle are poorly designed or have other manufacturing defects, report it to the vehicle or tire manufacturer immediately. Allow them to rectify the situation. If they fail to do so, and you are injured in a vehicle accident caused by defective tires, you have legal recourse. Defective tires fall under product liability law, meaning you are entitled to fair compensation for injuries suffered because of poor product design or repair. If a loved one is killed in an accident because of faulty tires, you can file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Reach out to the experienced personal injury lawyers at The Law Offices of Cameron & Russell. We can evaluate your case to determine the best course of action. Call us at 505-218-7844 or contact us online to schedule your free case evaluation.
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