A tread separation can occur when the belts that strengthen radial tires rip apart while the tire is in motion. This can cause the tire to lose air pressure explosively. Even if the tread remains partially intact, this type of tire failure can lead to a catastrophic car crash. Drivers often lose control of their vehicle or even roll over after a tread separation.
Issues with tire bonding are a common cause of tread separation. Other design and manufacturer defects can also play a major role in causing this type of failure.
If a tread separation or another tire defect caused your crash, you may be eligible to file a claim against the manufacturer and collect compensation for your damages. The attorneys at Newsome Melton can help. We can answer your questions, such as:
- What is a tread separation?
- Did it cause my wreck?
- Am I eligible for damages?
Call us today at 888-808-5977 for a free consultation.
What Causes Tread Separation?
Steel-belted radial tires are the standard for today’s motor vehicles. The great majority of cars, trucks, and SUVs on the road have radial tires.
Radial tires have two belts — made of steel, Kevlar, or another strong material — that wrap around the tire. The manufacturer attaches the tread on the top of these belts and bonds it all together with the sidewalls. This allows the sidewalls to flex as necessary, while the surface contacting the road remains strong and tough.
When there are issues in the way these belts adhere to one another or with the tire bonding, however, the air inside the tire can quickly escape. At speed, this may resemble a blowout. However, if an expert examines the carcass of the tire, it will be apparent the tread is fully or partially separated.
Who Is Liable in a Tread Separation Crash?
Liability often falls on the manufacturer. Tread separations were at the center of one of the largest tire recalls in U.S. history. That occurred when Firestone and its parent company, Bridgestone, recalled millions of tires because of a deadly defect in 2000. This high-profile recall affected millions of tires, many of which were standard equipment on Ford trucks and SUVs.
The recall cost both Ford and the tire company billions of dollars. Not only did these companies have to pay for the replacement of recalled tires, plaintiffs filed hundreds of civil suits stemming from crashes that occurred because of tread separations. Many people suffered injuries and died in these accidents — and the courts found the tire manufacturer and automaker liable.
If a defective tire caused your wreck, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical bills, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses. We can help by:
- Proving there is a defect in the tire;
- Showing the defect caused the tread separation;
- Providing evidence showing the tread separation caused your crash; and
- Connecting your injuries and losses to the crash.
How Can I Talk to a Tread Separation Lawyer?
At Newsome Melton, we can help you recover the money you need and deserve after a tread separation incident. When we accept a defective tire case, we work closely with professional survey teams, crash reconstruction specialists, and others who can help us understand how and why your crash occurred. We will establish a clear connection between the defective tire, the crash, and your injuries.
Call us today at 888-808-5977 for a free case review.