The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) approximates that every year, tire failures causes 11,000 motor vehicle crashes. Some of the most common causes of tire failure include the following.
- tread separation.
- bald tires.
- and, underinflated tires.
When a tire isn’t repaired correctly, it can put you at great risk for accident and injury. If you’ve been involved in an accident caused by internal tire repair failure, speak with an attorney at Chalik & Chalik about the legal options available to you.
The Dangers of Tire Casing Separation
Casing separation, also known as tread separation, is one of the most dangerous types of tire defects that can occur. Casing separation refers to the separation of the tire’s tread (the outermost part of the tire) from the casing (or body) of the tire. When casing separation occurs, the tire loses both its durability and safety, which can lead to an accident.
Tire tread and tire casing separation can lead to blowouts, which may cause serious threats to driver and passenger safety.
- road run-off accidents.
- loss of vehicle control.
- and, head-on collision accidents.
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Warning Signs of Tire Casing Separation after a Poor Repair
Casing separation can be hard to detect, and if you just had your tires repaired, it’s unlikely that you’re thinking about the possibility of your tires having a problem. But internal tire repair failure is a real threat that can cause separation.
It’s important to check your tires routinely for the warning signs.
- sidewall cracks.
- uneven tread wear.
- a blister or bulging area on the tread.
- and, any other deformations or other irregularities.
If you notice any irregularities in your tires, you should stop driving and have them inspected or replaced immediately.
Causes of Tire Casing Separation
Casing separation can be caused by a variety of factors. While it’s most commonly a manufacturing or design defect, casing and tread separation can also be caused by internal tire repair failure. In fact, if you have ever had a flat tire that’s undergone repairs using a patch and a plug, your tire may be at risk for casing separation if tire repair professionals made errors during the repair process.
When changing a flat tire, it is possible for the plug to become wedged in between the small amount of space where the tire casing and tire tread meet. If this happens, casing and tread separation may occur, and may worsen with tire use.
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Who’s liable for casing separation related to internal tire repair failure?
If the casing and tread separation was a manufacturing defect, then the tire manufacturer and tire distributor may be liable for any accident or injuries caused by the defective tire.
If, however, the casing separation was caused by internal tire repair failure, then the auto repair company might be responsible for damages in the form of any of the following.
- property damage.
- medical bills.
- pain and suffering.
- and, lost wages.
An attorney can help you determine the cause of the casing and tread separation, and who is at fault for your accident.
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Take Legal Recourse if Internal Tire Repair Failure Caused Your Accident
If you’ve been in an accident that was caused by a defective tire, if you sustained serious injuries from that accident, and if the defective tire involved in the accident was caused by internal tire repair failure, speak with an attorney.
An attorney can guide you through the process of filing your claim, offer you more information about damages you may recover, and help you gather the necessary documents to prove liability of the party that’s to blame for the defective tire. At Chalik & Chalik, our attorneys are ready to help you pursue compensation you deserve. To get started, call us today at 855-529-0269.
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