Gainesville, Georgia – Authorities reported Eddie Cooper, age 40, died from injuries sustained in a semi accident on August 18, 2021. Reports indicate Cooper was traveling northbound on Interstate 985 when the tire on his semi-truck failed, causing the truck to veer into a Ford F-350 driven by Brian Gilbert of Gainesville. Cooper was unable to maintain control of the semi-truck and ultimately crashed into an embankment.
Authorities were able to extract Cooper and his passenger, Stacy Ramsey, who were trapped in the cab of the vehicle. Both were transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with serious injuries. Cooper ultimately succumbed to his injuries.
Gilbert, the driver of the other vehicle, suffered minor injuries that were treated at the scene of the accident.
COMMENTARY ON TIRE DEFECT ACCIDENTS BY ROB AMMONS
I have seen firsthand the impact an accident caused by tire failure has on the victim’s family. The description of this crash is eerily similar to several cases my firm is currently working on. In one case, I represent the widow and children of a truck driver from McAllen, Texas. My client’s husband was driving his 18-wheeler in Louisiana when the truck’s front tire tread separated, causing a fatal accident.
In another similar case, a man from Los Angeles was driving his truck in Arizona when the left steer-axle tire failed, causing the vehicle to pull into the median where it hit a bridge abutment and caught fire. The man left behind a wonderful family, including a wife of over 30 years and several children. In both of these cases the tires were nearly new, there were no nail holes in the tires or other road hazards that caused the tires to fail, and there was a history of good tire maintenance.
These represent only two of many such tire failure cases. On another occasion, our firm tried one of these tire failure cases and obtained a record-setting verdict.
We are seeing more tire failures on big rigs than on passenger vehicles lately. Something is wrong, causing these tires to fail in a similar way with similar results. We are continuing to investigate many of these cases. Getting the tire tread pieces and the tire for inspection is critical to determining if the tire failure was due to a manufacturing flaw or defect. I believe that there is at least one manufacturer with a very significant and recurring problem that warrants a major recall.
MEET ROB AMMONS
For over three decades Rob Ammons has concentrated his practice on tire and automotive defect claims, representing clients against tire manufacturers, automakers, tire retailers, and tire service centers. Mr. Ammons’ success against Michelin, BFGoodrich, Uniroyal, Cooper Tire, Goodyear, Dunlop, Bridgestone/Firestone, Continental/General Tire, Kumho Tire, and Yokohama has led to the recall of millions of tires across the country. If you or your loved one have been injured from a defective tire, reach out to Rob Ammons now for a no-cost consultation.
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