Tire Sidewall Failures: How They Happen & Liability for Accidents
The tire sidewall prevents air inside the tire from escaping and helps protect all the layers that comprise the body of a tire.
Before the sidewall truly begins to fail, initial problems may emerge in the form of sidewall separation or bubbles. These may be the result of inferior or contaminated materials or even poor manufacturing standards. An improper bonding process during manufacturing may be to blame in some cases.
Initially, separation may be relatively minor. However, with continued use, the sidewall separation expands in size to significantly reduce the strength of the tire. As the problem becomes worse, a motorist may notice loud noises from the tire, vibrations, and, ultimately, a tire blowout.
Tire blowouts are dangerous because they can cause a driver to lose control of his vehicle, potentially contributing to a rollover or other type of accident. Tire blowout-related accidents may result in single-vehicle, run-off-the-road accidents, or may involve multiple vehicles. Whatever the case, those harmed because of a defective tire can recover compensation for their damages.
Manufacturer Liability in a Tire Sidewall Failure Case
Many cases of tire sidewall failures are the result of manufacturing or design problems. As noted above, poor quality materials, inadequate manufacturing processes, and more may contribute to a weak tire sidewall that is prone to separation and failure.
If injured in an accident related to a tire sidewall separation and failure, victims may recover compensation from the manufacturer if they can prove the product was defective. The claimant may not necessarily have to prove negligence. She may only need to prove the tire contained a defect and the defect caused the wreck.
For example, proving the tire contained substandard materials may require analysis and testimony from an expert. An expert may also testify that these materials contributed to the sidewall separation, and that the separation ultimately caused the tire blowout that led to the accident.
Claimants must also prove that they suffered damages.
- Vehicle damage
- Medical bills
- Lost wages or earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
Review all damages – and your case in general – with an attorney familiar with tire defect cases.
Get Help with a Tire Separation Case from Chalik & Chalik
Chalik & Chalik helps accident victims whose injuries are the result of a defective tire. Call us at 855-529-0269 to set up a consultation about your case. You can also set up your consultation by filling out our online contact form.