Lincoln County, Oklahoma — Two men died after the truck they were traveling in had a tire blowout. The incident happened on Tuesday around 4:30 p.m. on State Highway 99, approximately 4 miles south of Stroud, near East 910 Road.
According to reports, two Tulsa men, Javier Munoz Lechuga and Francisco Najera-Vivar, were traveling north on the highway in a 2001 Chevy Silverado when a tire blowout occurred. The blowout caused the truck to lose control, veer off the road, and collide with a tree.
The driver of the truck, Lechuga, was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, Najera-Vivar, also lost his life.
An equipment malfunction has been determined to have been the cause of the crash.
Tires May Blowout for Reasons Outside the Control of the Driver
Something went wrong with the Silverado’s tire, and sadly, it cost two people their lives. And while the families of the deceased need time to navigate through the tsunami of emotions they have been thrust into, they also deserve answers. Why did this tire fail??
Sometimes, Manufacturers produce defective tires. A bad tire can have a flaw in its design or poor craftsmanship that makes it weak or unable to function as designed. Defective tires are dangerous and deadly and should never reach motorists or our roadways. When these faulty tires cause catastrophic accidents, the manufacturer must be held responsible and answer to those they harmed.
Tire failure can also happen because of a recent repair job gone wrong. Tires installed improperly or reused when shops should dispose of them can cause a tire to fail on the roadway. Maintenance shops that fail to meet industry guidelines regarding repairs have to be held accountable when their actions cause a harmful accident.
Crashes like this one are intense and complex. Trained professionals will need to gather evidence and inspect what’s left of the tire to determine precisely why it failed.
May the families of the deceased receive the answers and justice they so rightfully deserve.
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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