One of the most important parts of your car — and one of the most likely to be defective — are the tires. Defective tires can cause critical or even fatal car accidents, and in cases like these, neither driver involved is at fault. However, tracing the accident back to a defective tire is difficult and these types of cases must be handled by a seasoned car accident lawyer. Here’s what you need to know.
1. Tread Separation
The most common type of tire defect is a tread separation. Often, a tread will separate from the tire when a car is at high speeds, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle and potentially roll over.
2. Tire Manufacturers That Use Defective or Improper Materials
In 2005, a popular tire company was caught using improper materials, including cans and chicken bones, in the manufacturing of their tires, which lead to tire blowouts and other issues that caused serious car accidents. Tires must be manufactured to industry standards to be considered safe.
3. Weak or Old Rubber
Some tire sales companies or car repair companies will sell old tires as new, which can be hazardous if the rubber on the tire is weak or old. Dried out, cracked rubber on a tire can lead to a blowout at high speeds, or loss of control of the vehicle in certain weather conditions.
4. Overfilled or Underfilled Tires
Even if the tire itself is not defective, an overfilled or underfilled tire can pose a danger on the roadway. If an individual is involved in an accident due to an overfilled or underfilled tire, it would be important to determine who filled the tire last. If it was a car repair facility, they may be held responsible for the accident.
When to Contact an Experienced Auto Accident Attorney
Any time you or a loved one are hurt in a car crash, it is in your best interest to speak with a car accident lawyer as soon as possible to determine what your rights are and what legal options you have available to you.
At the Law Offices of Carl L. Brown, we can help you determine if your car accident was caused by a defective tire. We can assist you in the process of bringing a claim forward against the tire manufacturer or car repair facility whose actions led to the defect and subsequently, the accident. Call today at (559) 431-4400.