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It can easily be argued that a vehicle’s tires are among its most crucial components, as well as the most potentially dangerous. The fact of the matter is, defective tires can lead to serious accidents that can result in devastating injuries and even wrongful death. Whenever a tire blows out or loses its tread due to a defect, the driver can easily lose control, which can lead a vehicle to crash into another vehicle or even roll over, sometimes rolling several times. This can lead to the roof being crushed in, safety glass shattering, and violent motions that can cause other injuries, even if the passengers are buckled in properly.
According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the rates of accidents involving defective tires are much higher when it comes to accidents involving trucks and SUVs. Tire defects of various types, but especially blowouts and tread separations, have left behind a large path of devastation to drivers and their families, throughout Texas and the rest of the country.
A number of tire failures can lead to a tire being labeled defective and thus leave a tire manufacturer open to being found negligent under the law and be liable for injuries and other damages. The most common problems caused by tire defects are tread separation and blowout.
Over the years, thousands of people on the road have been the victims of defective tires that have failed while the vehicles they were attached to were traveling at high speeds and in traffic. When a defective tire fails, the driver will almost always lose control of their vehicle, whether it’s due to the fast braking, which causes excessive friction, or pieces of the tire coming off and catching on some part of the vehicle’s undercarriage.
When a driver loses control of their vehicle, a lot of things can happen very quickly, and they may tend to over-correct, which actually can’t always be blamed on the driver. Years ago NHTSA conducted a test of certain types of tires using experienced test drivers, and even though the highly skilled driver knew that the tread would separate and he would lose control, he acted pretty much the same as any normal, run-of the-mill driver would, over-correcting, and panicking somewhat.
Over the years, manufacturers have discovered how to design tires in a way that makes tread separations extremely rare, except when there is a significant design or manufacturing defect, and no driver of any vehicle should ever have to pay for someone else’s negligence of someone else. People buy tires based on the assumption that they will be safe for themselves and their families.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, and you believe that a defective tire was part of the cause of the accident, please contact the defective tire claims accident lawyers at Adame Garza LLP as soon as possible. We have the knowledge and the expertise to make the manufacturer of those defective tires accountable to you for the negligence that caused your injuries as well as your pain and suffering.