On behalf of the wife, children, and parents of a 28-year-old Texas man, The Ammons Law Firm has filed a lawsuit against Michelin and Ford. As the young man was operating his 2006 Ford F150 with his wife and three sons as passengers, the tread of the pickup’s left rear tire separated from the tire’s carcass. The sudden tire failure sent the F150 out of control and it rolled over, killing the driver.
The tire was a Michelin LTX. In the wrongful death lawsuit, Rob Ammons claims the tire that failed was defectively designed and manufactured by Michelin. The allegations against the tire company include that the tire was built out of inadequate materials and without safety features known to improve durability and prevent tread separation failures.
It is alleged in the lawsuit that the F150 was designed and manufactured by Ford with a weak roof structure that does not hold up in rollover crashes. Rob Ammons claims the roof collapsed over the driver’s head, causing his fatal injuries.
According to the lawsuit, the tire that failed was older and had more tread wear than other tires on the pickup. Because the best, newest tires should be positioned on the rear axle of a vehicle to provide the safest handling, two local businesses that knew the older Michelin LTX tire was on the rear axle while newer, better tires were on the front axle are included in the lawsuit. One of the local businesses sold the pickup with its unsafe tire configuration, and the other performed a state inspection on the F150. Neither of these defendants changed the configuration or warned the Texas man of the danger it posed.
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’s 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.