A defective tire can result in a crash causing serious, catastrophic injuries or death.
Defective tire cases are difficult, technical and expensive to pursue. Tires can fail for many reasons and it takes a team of engineers and experts to ascertain the cause of the tire failure and the nature of any given accident. Many defective tires are recalled as a part of the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration’s regulatory practices over the tire industry. However, many defective tires continue to be used on roads and freeways across the United States on a daily basis.
A Brief Insight into Tire Defects
- Types of Tire Defects:Tread Separation, Belt Separation, and Blow Outs are the most common types of tire failures. There are a number of reasons why a tire can fail. Sometimes there may be defects in the design or manufacturing process of tire.
- Types of Manufacturing and Design Defects:
- Foreign objects (sunflower seeds, water, dirt, tobacco spit) being introduced to the tire’s raw materials during the tire’s manufacturing process
- Tire plant workers on drugs at the time of manufacturing the tire
- Leaky roofs at the tire plant
- Tire building equipment that is old, dated, malfunctioning or in disrepair
- Inadequate tolerances and specifications for the tire’s internal components
- Improper curing or vulcanization of the tire during the curing phase
- Improper storage of raw materials at the plant
- Improper training of tire plant workers, or the use of substitute workers during a workforce strike
- Overworked, fatigued tire plant workers with unreasonable production demand quotas
- Aged, Old, or Expired Tires: Some tires fail simply because they are old.Unbeknownst to most consumers,tires are like milk and expire after a certain number of years. Statistically speaking, tires that are older than five years have higher instances of tire failures than those that are less than five years old. Many vehicle manufacturers recommend that tires be discarded after five years. The tire manufacturers, however, recommend a much longer shelf life – such as ten years. Regardless, the date of manufacture of your tires is hidden in a set of numbers and letters on the sidewall of the tire that most consumers don’t know how to read. Until the tire manufacturers start stamping an “Expiration Date” on tires, people will continue to suffer injury and death at the hands of aged or old tires.
- Injuries & Accidents: Most tire accidents occur when vehicles are being driven at highway speeds. Unfortunately, accidents caused by tire defects frequently cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle, sometimes resulting in the vehicle rolling over. Tire accidents and rollovers can lead to traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, paralysis,amputation, or even death.
Tire Failure: Who’s Responsible?
If your injury has been due to a faulty tire, you probably have a lot of questions regarding who caused this accident, your future financial security, the financial burden for medical treatment, funerals, loss of pay, etc. At Ramsey Law Group, we believe in safeguarding the rights of innocent victims. Our seasoned attorneys will assist you and help you find the answers to all your questions.
If you have been harmed as a result of a tire defect or tire failure, you need a lawyer who has the experience and resources to protect your rights against a large corporation, such as a tire manufacturer. Our lawyers at Ramsey Law Group have handled in excess of 100 tire cases and claims in Texas and in other states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Indiana, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Tennessee, and Utah. We have traveled as far as Seoul, South Korea, to depose tire factory workers in one of our cases.
If you or your loved one has been injured due to a defective tire, call the Defective Tire and Tire Failure Injury Attorneys at Ramsey Law Group for a free consultation. You owe us nothing unless we win your case. To schedule your free consultation, call us today.