After a car accident, it is easy to blame another driver for negligence. However, the reason for the accident may stem from defective tires. Defects in tires may cause blowouts, which lead to a sudden loss of control. Devastating injuries may result.
Common Tire Defects
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states tires can fail for many reasons. Chunking and cracking are common malfunctions. Belt-to-belt separation, broken cords, and separation of tread are also tire defects that lead to accidents. Recently, many major manufacturers have recalled tires due to tread separation.
Tire manufacturers know the main reasons behind tread and belt separation is poor design and incorrect placement of materials. Another fault may be poor adhesion, which results from unclean manufacturing facilities, old manufacturing materials, and the introduction of contaminants during the manufacturing process.
Injuries that Result from Defective Tires
When a defective tire blows out, a vehicle becomes impossible to control, especially at high speeds. As pressure rapidly decreases in the tire’s core, tread is lost, and the vehicle is likely to rollover. A rollover can cause broken bones, abrasions, head and neck injuries, spinal cord paralysis, amputation, or death.
Who is Legally Responsible for Tire Failure or Tread Separation?
Defective tires are subject to strict product liability laws. When they cause accidents and injuries, a victim may take action against the tire manufacturer. If the tires are considered original vehicle equipment, a claim may be filed against the car manufacturer.
Tire installers may be held accountable as well. Installing tires of improper size or rim combination may lead to accidents. When this is the case, a claim may be filed against the installer.
All product manufacturers have a responsibility to notify customers of dangerous defects. Many times, tire manufacturers do not initiate recalls until lawsuits are filed. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by defective tires, it is essential to make the negligent parties pay for your pain, suffering, and other related expenses. Victims may be able to reach satisfactory settlements or receive court awarded compensation.