Crash Led to Death of Texas Community Leader
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, Feb. 25, 2019– A de-treading defective Goodyear tire resulted in a head-on collision that led to the death of beloved community leader Ramiro Munoz in 2013. On Friday evening, a jury handed down a record-breaking $33 million verdict holding Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company directly responsible for its lax approach to safety and manufacturing that resulted in the fatal wreck.
“The Danville Virginia Goodyear manufacturing plant is notorious for putting rapid production before workplace safety and quality control,” says Ammons Law Firm trial attorney John Gsanger. “The tire that de-treaded, causing a cement truck to lose control and crash into Ramiro Munoz, was manufactured at the Danville plant. In our analysis, we found the failed tire’s problems were numerous and included adhesion defects and off-center, wrong-sized steel belts. Tread separation and the loss of vehicular control is the result of shoddy manufacturing.” Gsanger joined with co-counsel Blake Brunkenhoefer and Judge Frank Ponce in expressing hope this verdict will send a message to Goodyear and other tire manufacturers that product safety should always be more important than profits.
Ramiro Munoz was a teacher, community leader and City Manager of Carrizo Springs, Texas before he died in the tragic accident. He is survived by two children, Ramiro and Amanda, and his wife, Elvia.
The Ammons Law Firm has a nationwide personal injury practice focusing on tire defects, truck accidents, rollovers, consumer protection and product liability, catastrophic injury, wrongful death, post-collision fires, seat belt defects, air bag defects and plant explosions.