Tire Blowout Accidents Caused by Poor Maintenance and Repair
In many cases, tire blowouts result from inadequate maintenance and repair. Mechanics must ensure that tires are in good working condition during routine inspections and notify consumers of apparent issues. Additionally, repair and maintenance on tires must be performed correctly to prevent blowout accidents.
Many tire blowout accidents occur after a repair shop fails to inspect and warn a consumer of a worn or damaged tire or fails to complete a needed repair correctly. For instance, a repair shop may install a directional tire backward, causing an unsuspecting consumer to hydroplane on a rainy day. Directional tires need to be installed forward, with the arrow pointing toward the front of the vehicle. If the tire is backward, the tire’s ability to resist hydroplaning will be hindered. This will also contribute to abnormal wear that could lead to a blowout.
Mechanics may also fail to warn vehicle owners of worn or damaged tires. This is especially true with 18-wheelers and other commercial vehicles subject to stringent regulations. If a mechanic has an obligation to warn a consumer of a potentially dangerous tire but fails to do so, the repair company may be liable for negligence.
The Ammons Law Firm has successfully resolved hundreds of tire-related accidents in El Paso and across the nation and can effectively determine whether a repair or maintenance company is responsible for your accident.
Tire Blowout Accidents Caused by Tire Defects
Another potential cause of a tire blowout is tire defects. Tire defects refer to tires that are structurally flawed when they leave the manufacturer. A defective tire has a greater potential to fail under normal operating conditions. Unfortunately, tire defects are generally not discovered until after a serious accident occurs because the defect is within the structure of the tire and not readily apparent during routine maintenance and repair. As such, tire defects affect new and old tires alike and often fail without warning.
Proving a tire is defective requires trained professionals that know and understand the intricate details of tire design and manufacturing. At the Ammons Law Firm, we have over 30 years of experience in this area of the law and have held nearly every major tire manufacturer in America responsible for defective tires—recovering hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients.
What Damages Can I Recover After a Tire Blowout Accident?
When you are harmed in an accident caused by a sudden tire blowout in El Paso or across Texas, you have a right to recover damages from the negligent party for the harm you sustained in the accident. While the exact nature of your damages will depend on your specific injuries, Texas law generally provides plaintiffs with the right to recover both economic and non-economic damages.
Economic Damages Following an Accident
Economic damages are best thought of as the monetary expenses incurred because of the accident. Examples of economic damages include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future disability expenses
- Lost wages accrued from the accident
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Cost to replace damaged property
- Any other out-of-pocket expenses
Economic damages are quantifiable and generally easy to calculate. At The Ammons Law Firm, we will help you identify all monetary expenses associated with your tire blowout accident and ensure you receive the economic damages you are entitled to under the law.
Non-Economic Damages Following an Accident
Non-economic damages are designed to compensate injured victims for the intangible losses associated with their injuries. Non-economic damages include:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental pain and anguish
- Loss of companionship
- Physical impairment and loss of enjoyment
Non-economic damages are difficult to quantify and require skilled advocacy to prove. At the Ammons Law Firm, we treat every client like family and make sure the responsible party understands exactly how your injuries have impacted your life mentally and emotionally.
Contacting an El Paso Tire Defect Attorney
For over 30 years, the Ammons Law Firm has served clients throughout El Paso in tire blowout accidents and personal injury cases. Our El Paso personal injury attorneys are ready to help you receive the medical and financial support you need to recover after a devastating accident.
If you were injured in a car accident caused by a defective tire, contact our El Paso defective tire attorneys for help.