The Ammons Law Firm has successfully negotiated the settlement of a product liability case against Michelin on behalf of eight surviving family members of a California man (41) and his aunt (63) from Illinois who were killed in a rollover crash. As a term of the settlement, Michelin has insisted that the amount be kept confidential.
The rollover occurred when a BF Goodrich Radial Long Trail T/A tire positioned at the right rear position of the family’s 1998 Yukon suffered a tread separation. The tire disablement caused the Yukon to become uncontrollable and rollover. the driver of the SUV was immediately unable to control the vehicle which then left the roadway and rolled over. The Yukon’s occupants were injured, the driver and right rear passenger fatally.
The Plaintiffs alleged that Michelin designed and manufactured the tire using inadequate materials and processes at a plant where quality control was ignored. They claimed the tire had not been properly assembled. Its belts, for instance, were not uniformly spaced. The tire’s components had not bonded together adequately during the curing process. Additionally, the Plaintiffs alleged that the tire’s design did not include certain design features intended to make a tire more durable. They claimed that the tire was incapable of resisting the degrading effects of heat, oxygen, stress, and strain, and was therefore highly prone to failing through tread/belt separation like the one that caused this fatal accident.
The Ammons Law Firm is located in Houston, Texas, and practices personal injury law, including cases involving: tire defects, oil rig explosions, truck accidents, plant explosions, refinery accidents, wrongful death, post-collision fires, seat belt defects, seatback defects, airbag defects, SUV rollovers and workplace negligence.