Determining Liability for Car Accidents Caused by Defective Tires
While people usually do not think about the risk of a tire blowout when they pull out of the driveway, faulty tires cause a significant number of collisions. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), tire issues cause approximately two percent of all vehicle accidents, which amounts to 15,000 crashes per year. Sometimes these accidents result from vehicle owners’ failure to inspect and maintain their cars. A vehicle’s tire tread, sidewalls, and air pressure should be checked periodically. However, product defects constitute the most significant cause of tire-related collision injuries and fatalities. If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a defective tire, a Florida traffic accident lawyer can study the facts and circumstances and advise you of your legal options for seeking financial compensation.
When the tread layer of a tire shreds, a dangerous blowout can cause a driver to lose control of his or her vehicle. Investigations of tire-related traffic accidents entail an examination of the steel and rubber that make up steel-belted radials to reveal issues in the bonding of the layers of the tire. Problems in the bonding process during the manufacture of tires can cause a sudden unexpected tire blowout. Multiple manufacturers of tires have been forced to implement recalls because of defective manufacturing or design defects. Even when tread separation does not lead to a blowout, it can make a vehicle difficult to control.
..."According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), tire issues cause approximately two percent of all vehicle accidents, which amounts to 15,000 crashes per year."
Contamination during the manufacturing process constitutes one common cause of tread separation. Cigarette butts, wrappers, sawdust, and other small forms of debris can taint the process. When the size of the material varies from the tire size or when the air becomes trapped between tire layers, drivers can experience a dangerous tire blowout.
Businesses that manufacture cars and tires have a legal duty to produce products that are free from defects that could injure consumers. Large corporations with a strong motivation to maximize profits for their shareholders manufacture tires and vehicles. The quest for profits can lead companies to cut corners by putting dollars before public safety. Multiple defective product lawsuits have been filed against manufacturers of tires and cars in recent times based on defects that lead to blowouts or that cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles.
Vehicle rollovers occur frequently when drivers experience blowouts. Rollover accidents pose a heightened risk of devastating injuries to vehicle occupants because they can experience “roof crush injuries”. This term refers to rollovers where the roof of the passenger compartment collapses in on the passenger compartment of the vehicle. Vehicle occupants without seatbelts also can be ejected in a rollover collision. Regardless of seatbelt use, vehicle rollovers, significantly increase the risk of catastrophic injury or wrongful death. If you or a loved one has been injured in a traffic collision caused by defective tires, an attorney experienced in car accidents and product liability claims can assess your claim and suggest ways to preserve the value of your case.
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