Blowout Crashes Caused by Negligent Repair Companies
A tire-related accident may be caused by a tire repair shop that fails to perform a tire-related job properly. If a service company does not perform tire repair jobs correctly, they have acted negligently. When their negligence causes a sudden blowout that leads to a serious accident, they are obligated by law to compensate those who were injured in the accident.
Tires are one of the most important components on a vehicle, and even slight errors can cause catastrophic accidents. For instance, directional tires are tires designed to be installed in a specific direction to help dispel water during rainy conditions. Failing to install a directional tire in the correct direction can increase the chance of hydroplaning and prove fatal. The simple mistake of failing to properly identify and install a directional tire properly can result in a fatal accident and subject the service shop to liability. Small errors like this are difficult to determine at the scene of the crash and require an independent legal investigation to identify.
Another area where service companies can be negligent is when they fail to properly inspect tires and inform their customers of possible issues. Service technicians have a duty to notify their customers of tire issues and allow them an opportunity to fix the tire. Issues that should be discovered in routine maintenance that go undetected or are not brought to the consumer’s attention may subject the service company to liability, particularly in cases involving 18-wheelers and other commercial vehicles, which are subject to strict maintenance standards.
Without expert guidance and investigation, a consumer may not know when an accident could have been prevented or was caused by a service company’s negligent actions. At The Ammons Law Firm, we will review your tire and past maintenance records to see if your accident may have been preventable with proper notice. If we determine that an oversight on the part of a service company was the underlying cause of your accident, we will pursue the negligent party and hold them accountable for your injuries.
Blowout Crashes Caused by Defective Tires
Another possible cause of a blowout accident is a tire defect. Tire defects are errors in the tire that are present when the tire leaves the manufacturer. A tire defect renders a tire unreasonably dangerous and unsafe for normal operating conditions. Unfortunately, tire defects are much more common than people often realize and can affect any tire, regardless of the tire’s age, make, model, or manufacturer. At The Ammons Law Firm, we have held nearly every major tire manufacturer in the world responsible for accidents caused by defective tires.
One reason tire defects are so dangerous is that the tire will often fail under normal operating conditions without prior warning. Because tire defects are difficult to discover during routine maintenance, otherwise vigilant drivers may find themselves in a serious accident. A tire defect makes a tire a ticking time bomb waiting to explode.
If you are involved in a tire related accident, it is important to preserve the tire and all remaining tread pieces to allow trained professionals to analyze the tire and determine if a manufacturing defect caused the accident.
Strict Product Liability Claims and Tire Defects
In product liability claims, the strict liability rule states that a seller, distributor, or manufacturer of a defective product is liable for another person’s injuries – regardless of the actions taken to produce and distribute a safe tire. In cases involving a sudden tire failure, the tire is the defective product, and proving the tire was defective subjects the manufacturer to liability.
To hold a manufacturer liable under strict product liability, you need trained experts who understand tire defects. Experts in tire design and manufacturing know how to use advanced imaging equipment and engineering to spot defects and locate the evidence necessary to prove that the tire was defective when it left the factory. Due to the complex nature of tire defect cases, it is imperative that you have a trained lawyer trained in tire defect litigation assisting you in recovering the money damages you are owed.
Truck Tire Blowout Accidents
Tire blowouts on 18-wheeler trucks are one of the most dangerous accidents we see. A fully loaded tractor-trailer weighs up to 80,000 pounds. This amount of weight makes a semi-truck difficult to control under normal operating conditions and nearly impossible to control in the event of a sudden tire blowout. This creates a highly dangerous situation because the out-of-control truck can travel far distances before coming to a rest. This often results in head-on collisions and multi-vehicle accidents. Unfortunately, we see this scenario play out across the country on a routine basis, subjecting the driver and all fellow motorists to an extreme risk of harm.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident involving an 18-wheeler, you need a trained attorney to investigate the accident and determine who is responsible for the crash.
Contact a Phoenix Tire Blowout Law Firm Today
At The Ammons Law Firm, we have provided legal services to clients in Phoenix for over 30 years and have handled some of the most significant tire-related accidents in our nation’s history. If you or someone you care about was involved in a tire blowout accident, we are here to help you receive the justice you deserve. Let the experienced staff of The Ammons Law Firm help you.