Leading tire manufacturers often find themselves having to issue recalls after their tires prove unsafe or hazardous to drivers. In July of 2013, Michelin alone was forced to recall 100,000 of its tires that were not up to industry standards.
Tire failures occur thousands of times yearly, causing destruction of property, devastating injuries, and even death. Unfortunately, these accidents can be a result of tire manufacturers pushing tires through to consumers without first allowing for proper curing time and safety checks. Tires that are inadequately cured can cause belt separation within the tire. When this occurs and a tire de-threads or pops at a high rate of speed, it is almost impossible to maintain control of the vehicle. For lager vehicles with higher centers of gravity such as trucks and SUVs, these situations can often cause the vehicle to topple, creating a greater risk of serious injury and death.
Tire manufacturers are some of the largest corporations in the world and will do everything in their power to preserve their profits. There have even been claims that tire manufacturers will pay private investigators to visit accident locations and remove critical evidence and tire remnants before trial.
If you have been involved in a car accident as a result of tire de-threading or an unexpected blowout, make sure to document your case. If you are able, take pictures at the accident scene and of the tire. Take any pieces of tire that have fallen off with you and preserve them: they may be an important asset in court later.
If you have been injured or had a loved one die due to a defective tire, it is vital you contact a personal injury lawyer. A skilled personal injury lawyer will be able to reconstruct the scene, hire experts to evaluate the accident, and stand up to the lawyers employed by the tire manufacturer.
The attorneys at Fellows Hymowitz Rice P.C. have a record of success in handling a wide range of cases including serious injury claims. We bring the same individual commitment and dedication to each case, big or small. If you have been injured or sustained loss in any type of accident as a result of someone else’s fault call us for a free confidential consultation at 845-639-9300.
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