North Fort Myers, Florida— A North Fort Myers man lost his life in a single-vehicle traffic accident on I-75 in Charlotte County. The incident occurred at approximately 11:41 p.m. when a 2005 Ford Ranger pickup traveling north in the center lane of I-75, just south of U.S. 17, near Mile Marker 162, suffered a tire failure and rolled.
Preliminary investigations indicate that the accident was triggered by a blowout of the left rear tire of the Ford Ranger pickup. The driver, a 61-year-old North Fort Myers man, subsequently struggled to maintain control of the vehicle, causing it to veer off the roadway to the right and overturn.
Tragically, the right front passenger, a 52-year-old North Fort Myers man, was ejected from the pickup during the course of the accident. He was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital; however, despite medical efforts, he was later pronounced deceased, as confirmed by the FHP.
The driver of the pickup sustained minor injuries, while another passenger, a 34-year-old Cape Coral woman, suffered serious injuries. Both the driver and the passenger were wearing seatbelts, according to the official report.
Law enforcement authorities continue to investigate the accident to determine the events that led to this tragic incident.
The tire must be inspected to determine if it failed due to a defect from the manufacturer
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 622 car accident fatalities occurred due to tire-related crashes in 2021. Many of these deaths are caused by tires that fail due to defects. Tire manufacturers are responsible for ensuring their tires are safe for use on our roadways. When a manufacturer fails to produce safe tires, innocent people are killed. Manufacturers must be held accountable for these deaths and compensate the innocent victims and their families for their suffering.
To determine if a tire defect was the cause of this crash, trained professionals will need to inspect the failed tire. From this inspection, it can be determined whether or not the tire involved in the accident was defective and whether the manufacturer should be held liable for the injuries and death suffered in this crash.
The Ammons Law Firm represents clients nationwide in catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation, with extensive experience in complex auto/tire defect and commercial vehicle cases.
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