In most car accidents, the reason behind the crash is obvious. For example, a drunk driver hitting another car, a driver speeding down the highway, or a driver talking on a cell phone and neglecting surroundings. However, there are instances in which the cause of a car accident has nothing at all to do with the negligence of another driver, but instead with defective parts on a vehicle. Defective tires has caused a variety of car accidents, usually after a tire blowout, the treading coming apart, or other malfunctions. Most people may not realize, however, that the manufacturer of the tire company may be responsible should an accident occur because of defective tires.
Reasons for Defective Tires
Unfortunately, there are several ways in which defective tires can potentially lead to dangerous car accidents. The most typical reasons for defective tires consist of :
- Substandard tire manufacturing
- Incorrect construction of tires
- Defective tire designing
- Bead and tread failures
- Sidewall zipper implosions
- Faulty tire adhesion
Consequences of Defective Tires
If you are in accident because of defective tires, the consequences can be extremely dangerous. If you happen to be traveling at a higher speed, typical among highway drivers, a blown out tire can cause you to lose control of your vehicle, resulting in a rollover accident, which almost always results in a catastrophic outcome. According to the National Automotive Sampling System-Crashworthiness Data System (NASS-CDS), over 400 fatalities and at least 10,000 injuries occur annually because of tire blowout, flat tires, and other defective tire issues.
In addition to severe physical injuries, vehicles involved in a car accident because of defective tires can experience an exorbitant amount of physical damages.
Tire Defects and the Product Liability Law
Defective vehicle parts, including tires, are a part of the strict product liability laws. Although the law follows under tort laws, the difference is that victims do not have to prove that the manufacturer was negligent. However, victims must show that the tire defect was indeed dangerous, thus causing the accident.
In recent years, several of the nation’s most popular and largest tire companies have had tire recalls, such as Firestone, Goodyear, Michelin, and more.
Getting Legal Help
If you’ve been involved in a car accident and you believe that defective tires were the cause, it’s imperative to seek legal representation. Typically, insurance companies are equipped to handle minor tire issues that don’t involve damages, but if you’ve been injured and/or have experienced damages, whether physically, emotionally, or through property damage, an experienced car accident attorney is highly recommended. Attorneys have experience in researching, evaluating, and determining product liability as well as the knowledge needed to have a successful case.