Consumer safety should be at the top of tire manufacturers’ list of concerns, but often, it’s simply not. Unfortunately, when manufacturers and distributors don’t ensure their tires are up to snuff, they can release defective and faulty tires that have the potential to cause serious injuries and fatalities.
In one out of every 11 crashes, there was some sort of problem with a tire before the crash occurred, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Tires can be defective in numerous ways. For instance, they may:
- have design or engineering defects;
- tread separation;
- tire shredding;
- failed tire adhesion;
- tire de-beading and bead failures;
- poor manufacturing standards; and
- faulty production or contamination, e.g., grease, rust, etc.
If a tire gives way while on the road, the results can be deadly. For example, just one model of Goodyear tires killed at least 18 people and injured more than 150 more between 1991 and 2001, according to a government report. In other news, a couple was decapitated in a horrific crash in 2005 when their Firestone tire exploded on the road, reports WXIA-TV 11 Alive in Atlanta. (The family sued and received an undisclosed settlement from Firestone in 2012.)
Filing a Suit against a Manufacturer
Suffering injury or losing a loved one as the result of a company’s negligence is a terrible experience, to say the least. Florida laws provide that victims and their families can pursue compensation for damages from any party whose negligence caused or contributed to their injuries.
If you were involved in a tire-related accident, pursue compensation via legal action. Speak to a local defective tire attorney to determine your options and file a claim. Pursuing a claim or a suit not only will enable you to collect much-needed compensation for your damages, but it also might help rattle manufacturers and force them to take any shoddy products off the market – which, in turn, might wind up saving other innocent lives.
Compensable Damages in a Tire Claim
If your loved one was killed in a tire-related accident, your attorney can help you file a wrongful death claim to recover damages such as:
- medical and funeral expenses;
- loss of expected earnings;
- loss of benefits;
- mental anguish;
- pain and suffering; and
- loss of love, companionship and/or consortium.
If you were the victim, you may pursue compensation for:
- medical expenses;
- transportation expenses;
- lost wages;
- loss of earning capacity or loss of promotion;
- the cost of hiring others to perform your normal duties;
- disfigurement, scarring and disability;
- injury-related emotional disorders and loss of enjoyment in life; and
- pain, suffering and mental anguish.
Free Consultation with a Lawyer
Plainly stated, if the manufacturer is at fault because it produced a faulty tire, it can be made to pay for the victim’s damages.
If you or a loved one were recently involved in an accident caused by defective tires, call us at Chalik & Chalik to set up a consultation. Let us help you pursue the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at 855-529-0269.