If you or your loved one were injured in a serious accident recently, it’s important to note that if a defective tire contributed to the accident, you might be able to file a claim or lawsuit against the manufacturer to recover your losses. You can speak to a local defective tire attorney to determine what your legal options are and what your next step should be in pursuing a settlement.
You’ll first need to determine the causes and contributing factors of your accident, something with which your attorney can assist. Your lawyer can help:
- preserve and collect evidence;
- conduct an investigation;
- enlist the help of tire experts for input and testimonies; and
- help determine what party or parties are liable.
In some instances, it’s the consumers who are primarily to blame for faulty tires because of poor tire maintenance or because they were riding on bald tires that were long overdue for replacement. However, in many instances, it’s actually a defect in the tire itself that contributed to the mishap.
Tires are recalled all the time for defects. For instance, Michelin recently recalled 100,000 tires (the LTX M/S 2, the X Radial LT2 and Latitude Tour tires) because it found the tires had perforations on the sidewalls that could cause the tires to lose air. It’s defects such as these that puts everyone on the road in danger.
If faulty manufacturing or design is to blame for your accident, you have every right to pursue restitution from the company.
Filing a Claim against the Responsible Party
Manufacturers have a legal duty of care to consumers. If they put a defective product on the market and it leads to injury, they can be held liable for the damages their product causes.
Some manufacturers will fight tooth and nail against defective liability claims. For instance, Goodyear was under a lot of heat for its Load Range “E” tires after a government report found there were 87 crashes with the tires, 158 injuries and 18 deaths between 1991 and 2001.
Goodyear claims it is not at fault. Whenever a claim against it is made, according to an ABC News article, Goodyear claimed it isn’t defective Load Range “E” tires that cause the crash, but rather:
- overloading of the vehicle;
- under-inflation of the tire; or
- other misuse of the vehicle.
It eventually recalled 200,000 of the tires in 2002 to put an end to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigation.
Holding Manufacturers Responsible
Many consumers drive around on defective tires, completely unaware that they are at risk. It’s important to hold any defective tire manufacturers responsible for the harm they cause because 1) individuals and families need to be compensated for their losses, and 2) we need to get those faulty products off the road.
The mother of one teenager killed in a crash related to the faulty Goodyear tires explained, according to ABC News: “Suing [the tire manufacturer] was about justice. It was about trying to spare some other mother and father from losing their most precious, precious thing. It is criminal that those tires are still on the road because they still carry their defect with them, which means that they still have the power to kill innocent people.”
Our Lawyers Help Victims of Defective Tires
If you were recently involved in a tire-related accident or if you lost a loved one in an accident, call us at Chalik & Chalik for a free case evaluation. We can look over your case and help you determine the best legal route for you and your family. Contact us at 855-529-0269.