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Passenger Car Loss of Control From Excessive Tire Width Causes Accident


Baltazar Doe was driving a 1991 Chevrolet Corvette ZR on a highway during a rainy day.  His wife was a passenger. When he made a minor steering correction, the car went out of control, crossed the median, and collided with a tractor-trailer traveling in the opposite direction.

Doe 39, suffered a skull fracture when his head impacted a hard structure in the car’s interior.  He died three days later of a brain hemorrhage.  His medical expenses were about $64,000.  A physician employed in his own medical complex, he is survived by his wife, a minor son and a minor daughter.

Doe’s wife 39, suffered serious contusions to her skull that left her comatose for more than a month.  She subsequently required brain surgery and continues to suffer from post-concussion syndrome.  A pharmacist and co-owner of the medical complex, she incurred about $75,700 in medical expenses.

Doe’s wife, individually and on behalf of her husband’s estate and her two minor children, sued the manufacturer of the car, alleging it was defectively designed in that the rear tires were wider than the front tires and one of the rear tires would wear more rapidly than the others.  Plaintiffs claimed that the wider rear tires resulted in poor handling in wet road conditions.

Plaintiffs also alleged defendant had known about the danger but failed to warn drivers.

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If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of others, contact the product defect attorneys at The Ammons Law Firm today for a free consultation.

Rob Ammons is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, in addition to being Board Certified in Civil Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Rob Ammons’ law practice, The Ammons Law Firm, is located in Houston, Texas. The Ammons Law Firm practice is exclusively personal injury law, handling such cases as tire defects, oil rig explosions, truck accidents, plant explosions, refinery accidents, wrongful death, post-collision fires, seat belt defects, airbag defects, SUV rollovers, and workplace negligence.

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