Involved in a Defective Tire Accident?
We really count on our tires to hold together and function. Ever since the Bridgestone Firestone tire fiasco in 2000 and 2001 we know that that does not always occur. In that debacle after over 270 deaths and 800 injuries, 7 million Bridgestone Firestone tires were called in for product recalls. The problem of tread separation still continues. The tires can fall apart either to due
design defect or
manufacturing defect. If you have been involved in a defective tire accident, you are urged to contact a product liability attorney.
Tires are built in layers. First there is the carcass or green tire followed by a skim tire, steel belts, another skim tire and then the treads. Tires are made by hand. If a worker allows dirt or moisture to get onto the surfaces of the tire as it is put together, the layers may not adhere well to each other. The use of inadequate or old skim stock can also lead to separation. Hasty inspections of the tire at the end can allow shoddy tires to slip through.
In addition to the above manufacturing defects, there can also be design defects. State-of-the art tires include a nylon overlay between the steel belts and the tread. This overlay seals the inner tire and prevents it from separating. Despite its proven safety value, this feature does add something to the cost of the tire and is normally left out except in the construction of high performance tires.
We Can Help You
At Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation, we vigorously represent clients who have been the victims of defective tire accidents. When a client comes to us, we have tire experts examine the tires for defects in manufacturing or design. We then bring suit to obtain compensation for our client for the client's medical costs, property losses, income loss and pain and suffering. We have recovered large settlements and jury verdicts for our clients. We urge you to contact us for a consultation with a defective tire attorney at the firm.