Did your tire fail while you were driving, causing a serious crash? Though many people still use the term “tire blowouts” in a general manner to refer to tire failures, “tread separations” are far more common with modern tire design and construction. A tread separation refers to the peeling away of the tire tread from the body of the tire. When this happens at high speeds, the results can be catastrophic.
If tire tread separation caused your car crash, the tire manufacturer and other parties could be liable for your injuries and damages. But fighting a big corporation like a tire manufacturer is daunting.
Where do you start?
How do you convince a tire company to compensate you?
How do you prove the tire was defective?
What do you do when a corporation, its lawyers, or an insurer gives you trouble?
Should you file a lawsuit?
Our defective tire lawyers represent injured people nationwide in complex product liability cases. We are trial lawyers who pursue complicated civil litigation cases against big corporations in and out of court. We fight for the money you need to pay bills, get medical care, and put your life back together after a severe injury.
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Do These 5 Things If Tire Failure Caused Your Crash
- Preserve the car. Do not let the insurance company take the car and destroy it. If your vehicle was already towed from the scene, find out where it is and tell the facility or yard that is holding it not to destroy it.
- Send a survey team to the scene. A photographer or survey team will document the scene. Their photographs and reports will document the location of the vehicles, tire tread, and other essential elements of the crash. A clear picture of the scene helps establish how the crash happened.
- Document and preserve the tread. The survey team should document the location of the tire tread around the incident scene. And be sure to preserve the tread itself. It is vital evidence.
- Be aware of time limits. The statute of limitations establishes how long after the incident you can file a claim. And the statute of repose establishes how long after the tires were made that you can file a claim. Be aware of both time limits, which vary depending on your state.
- Call Newsome Melton. Our defective tire lawyers will help you with every aspect of your case, including the four other items on this list. We deal with complicated cases like yours every day.
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Which Tire Defects Cause Serious Crashes & Warrant Legal Action?
Most tires in today’s market are steel-belted radial tires. To make these types of tires, two steel belts are wrapped around the body of the tire. The sidewalls of the tire help hold it together and allow a space for printing basic information. The tread is located on top of the steel belts and adjacent to the sidewalls. It is made of tough rubber and is characterized by a blocked or lined pattern. The tread is the part of the tire that makes contact with the road while driving.
Tread separation occurs when a tire’s belts rip apart from each other. This causes the tread to partially or completely detach from the tire body while the vehicle is in motion.
Insufficient tire bonding and other manufacturer defects frequently cause tread separation. In August 2000, Bridgestone and Firestone recalled roughly 14.4 million tires. This was the second-largest tire recall in United States history. The recalled tires posed major safety risks and were cited as contributing causes to more than 100 deaths and 3,000 injuries resulting from tread separation crashes.
Tread separations comprise most of the defective tire cases we handle. But we can represent people in other types of defective tire cases too, such as:
Tire blowouts are rare these days. Blowouts occur when internal pressure in the tire builds, causing a weak spot in the tire to give way which causes the tire to pop. What most people call a “tire blowout” is usually a tread separation.
Sidewall Zipper Failure
This refers to the explosion of a tire’s sidewall. It can happen during inflation of the tire. The failure derives its name from the zipper pattern typically seen after the damage has occurred.
Along a tire’s inner edges are the beads, which are made of steel and coated with rubber. One of the beads on a tire may get stuck on the rim as the tire is mounted. The high stress this exerts on the bead can cause the bead to fracture, resulting in a low-pressure explosion that frequently causes severe injuries including dismemberment, brain trauma, head injuries, and death.
Multi-Piece Wheel Explosions
While most tires today are made with single-piece wheels, multi-piece wheels are still manufactured and used. Multi-piece wheels have several metal components that rely on the tire’s air pressure to force them together. This translates to potential danger during mounting, repair, and vehicular motion.
Do I Have a Defective Tire Case?
Your case might seem straightforward to you: You were driving. The tire failed. You lost control of the vehicle. You crashed and suffered injuries.
But tire manufacturers have significant incentives and resources to fight against you. That’s where we come in. We can help you build a case that establishes these four critical aspects of product liability cases:
The Tire Was Defective
Generally, a defect must exist in the tire to hold a manufacturer or other party liable. Some examples of common tire defects that lead to tread separation include:
- Incorrect ratio or size of steel belts
- Improper separation between tread and steel belts
- Poor bonding
The Defendant Was Negligent
In a negligence action, you must connect the defect to the defendant’s (e.g., tire manufacturer’s) negligence. For example, our case may establish the defendant’s manufacturing standards fell below reasonable care due to:
- Use of old adhesives
- Improper cooking temperatures
- Contamination during production from moisture, sawdust, grease, or rust
- Poor engineering or design
Our case must then connect the defendant’s negligence to the tire defect, proving that the negligence caused the defect.
The Tire Defect Caused Your Crash & Injuries
Our case must also prove that the tire defect is what led to the tread separation or other failure that ultimately caused your crash. And we must connect your injuries to the wreck itself.
We work with survey teams, accident reconstruction experts, engineers, and other professionals who can investigate your incident and help establish the connection between the tire defect and your wreck.
You Suffered Damages
Your damages may include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. We work with medical experts, vocational specialists, occupational therapists, and more to help establish the value of your current and future damages.
Is a Party Other Than the Tire Manufacturer Liable?
It is possible that parties other than the tire manufacturer are liable for your crash. In some cases, multiple parties could be liable. When you work with Newsome Melton, our defective tire lawyers identify all parties that might be liable for your crash.
Some parties that may be liable in addition to the tire manufacturer include:
- Parts manufacturer
- Tire installer
- Tire repair or maintenance company
How Do I Set Up a Case Evaluation With Newsome Melton?
You have two options to contact us for a free case evaluation:
- Call us at 888-808-5977.
- Fill out the form on the right side of this page.
These are just some of the things you get when you contact us:
- Guaranteed response within 24 hours.
- No fee until you get compensated.
- Free, state-specific case review.
- Strength, experience, and compassion.
We look forward to helping you and your family get the compensation and justice you deserve for a crash caused by a defective tire.