I-75 Church Van Accident in South Florida – Were The Tires The Cause?

The Florida Highway Patrol is working to determine the cause of a fatal van accident. The crash took place on Saturday, September 14, just south of Fort Myers on Interstate 75 in the northbound lanes. Initial reports indicate a tire blowout preceded the accident.

The Sun-Sentinel reports three people died as a result of the accident – two remained hospitalized as of Monday (September 16) afternoon. A two-year-old is counted among those critically wounded in the rollover accident. The 16 accident victims were members of a Lauderhill church traveling to Tampa for a church convention.

Witnesses reported seeing tire treads and other vehicle components on the highway after the crash. Such wreckage may be able to provide valuable insights as to what caused the accident. For instance, police investigators and other relevant parties could use the dates and other information printed on the tires’ sides to gather information about the vehicle’s condition.

Tire codes reveal critical information about the tire’s manufacturer and the date and location of manufacture. This information can be used to determine whether the tire was part of a national defective tire recall or was otherwise considered dangerous or defective.

Tires often “rot” from the inside out, notes attorney Jason Chalik, giving little indication of weakness. This can lead to a tire blowout and subsequent wreck.

A thorough analysis of the tires at the accident may offer important details about the cause of a crash. It also helps answer questions about whether a manufacturer or other third party carries any liability in the case.

Saturday’s fatal van rollover remains under investigation. Police will examine whether victims were properly restrained and how the vehicle’s overall condition factored into the event.

Have you suffered serious injury or lost a loved one in an accident you believe was caused by defective tires? Contact Chalik & Chalik for a free case evaluation: 1-855-529-0269 or via this evaluation form.