All car drivers put a lot of trust in our vehicles and their corresponding parts including tires. Therefore, when a defect occurs, terrible accidents can result. We spend much of our time driving looking out for the reckless driver and ensuring that we are aware of our surroundings. We do not anticipate our tire to give out in the middle of a busy highway leading to a severe accident. If you have experienced a tire defect, you may be entitled for compensation for any resulting injuries.
The Firestone Tire recall in 2000 brought to light the potential of serious tire defects that could affect all motorists. While tire recalls are not new by any means – nearly every major tire manufacturer has issued recalls – the resulting injuries cause worry to all of us. We place a lot of trust in each part of our motor vehicle and assume that all these parts will work together to ensure we will get to our destination safely. However, tire recalls often come about as the result of very serious injuries or even death stemming from tire defects.
Even small defects to tires can lead to the inability to control your car. Many tire defects lead to tire blowouts which can cause your car to run off the road and/or overturn. Since car owners are often unaware of tire defects, they may be traveling at a high rate of speed at the moment of a tire problem which can lead to serious accidents and devastating injuries.
Tire defects can include:
- Thread separation
- Tire shredding
- Defects to tire design
- Defects to tire construction
Products liability actions stem from a defect which occurs during the manufacturing process. A manufacturer holds a duty of care to every consumer and end user that the product they purchase is free from any defects and has been thoroughly tested. Any deviation from the intent of the product can have dire consequences for the consumer such as a tire defect. A resulting claim against the manufacturer based on the product defect must be able to show that the defect occurred during the manufacturing process, and that manufacturer was the entity responsible for the defect. A personal injury attorney can assist you in researching the facts of your case.
Recovery from the Manufacturer
The tire manufacturer should be held liable for any resulting injuries that occur as the result of their tire defect. Operating your vehicle in the way it was intended should never lead to a tire blowout and perhaps a roll-over accident. As the victim of an accident stemming from a tire defect, you may bring the following claims against the tire manufacturer:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
If you have questions regarding the amount of damages you can bring against the manufacturer, an experienced personal injury attorney can assist you in calculating the total amount.
The Knowles Law Firm | Omaha, Nebraska
If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident stemming from a tire defect, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at Knowles Law Firm. Our attorneys have years of experience in handling all types of personal injury cases and have the resources to hire the appropriate expert witnesses to bolster your claim. Contact our Omaha, Nebraska office today for your initial free consultation.