The Ammons Law Firm secured compensation in a suit against Michelin and Ford on behalf of a Texas family injured in a crash caused by a tire tread separation.
In the crash, the tread on a BF Goodrich All Terrain T/A tire peeled apart. As the driver lost control of the Ford pickup, the truck skidded off the roadway and struck several trees.
Allegations made against Michelin were that the tire was made in a plant with a leaking roof that allowed air and moisture into the components of the tires. Such tires are ripe for tread separation, attorney John Gsanger alleged. At the plant, some tire components were not used promptly, which diminished their stickiness, and employees added solvents to the components to try to make them sticky again, according to the suit. The lawsuit was filed against Michelin North America Inc., which makes BF Goodrich tires, BF Goodrich and Ford Motor Co.
Attorney Gsanger claimed that the Ford F-250 pickup did not handle safely in conditions like the tire tread separation in the wreck. A driver in this type of wreck has to exert tremendous force to maneuver the vehicle because of the way the truck’s braking system, called a hydroboost, is designed. Additionally, the truck’s shock system allowed for movement in the rear tires in a wreck caused by tread separation.
The lawsuit filed alleged Michelin and Ford were negligent and created unsafe products that caused the tire failure and crash.
As a result of the defective Ford F-250 and Michelin tire, this family sought compensation for damages which included over $850,000 in total past medical expenses, with half of this amount solely for the matriarch of this young family.
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.