Defective Tire Injury Lawyers in Dallas
According to recent statistics, 414 people are killed from accidents involving defective tires and 10,275 people are injured. When you get into a car with your family and friends, you expect the car parts to be designed and manufactured carefully to keep you safe. When a company, that promises its consumers that it produces fine tires, fails to deliver on these promises, tragedy can strike.
When defective tire accidents occur, the designer, manufacturer, inspector, tester, or brand as a whole can be held liable. Compensation could include a settlement from the tire company, and potentially a court award for damages such as medical expenses, lost prospects, physical and psychological pain and lost income.
Proving the Tire was Defective
For a victim to receive damages, it must be shown that a company breached strict liability laws and that the tires were "unreasonably dangerous." Questions that a personal injury attorney can help you answer include the following:
- Were there design flaws?
- Were there insufficient warnings or directions?
- Were there errors during installation?
Besides strict liability laws, manufacturers could be considered "liable" if negligence was involved or a breach of warranty. In order to prove these things, much investigation and research should be conducted. After you are involved in an accident that could have been caused by a defective tire it is important that you follow these steps:
- Photographs of the scene
- Photographs of your injuries
- Photographs of the tires/vehicle
- Get the names and contact information of anyone who witnessed the accident
- Get the police report
- Save any damaged property that could confirm your claim
If a company resells you tires, it is important that they do not lie about their condition. In order to cut down on costs, some companies will just do a "surface improvement" of a tire but not fix the internal flaws which could cause a dangerous accident. There are many things that could lead to a defective tire accident such as the following:
- Old tires
- Used tires
- Defective tire markings
- Tire bead failure
- Defective multi-piece tire rims
- Tire sidewall zipper failures
- Ozone cracking on tires
Besides age or structural defects, another reason why your tires could have failed, could be due to installation errors. Other reasons why tires fail include underinflation and overinflation- which are normally the fault of the customer, however, sometimes a maintenance worker could put too little or too much air in your tires or fail to check on them. When there have been numerous reports of structural flaws, a company should issue a recall. Recalls have been issued for many tires from the following brands:
- Michelin tires
- Goodyear tires
- Firestone tires
- Bridgestone tires
To learn more about what make and model of tires have been recalled by these companies, or to learn about other recalls and risky tires, contact our firm today. If you were a maintenance worker who was injured during the installation of a tire that exploded, as a result of tire bead failure, you could be eligible to receive compensation too. These kind of devastating accidents can result in horrible injuries such as: brain damage, head trauma, severed limbs, bone fractures and facial lacerations. When a company does not follow OSHA procedures for education, training or safety in the workplace- they can be held liable.
Get legal help now!
Because tire companies often have big law firms representing them and experience with defective tire cases, it is important that you secure hard-hitting representation on your side. The last thing you want is for the court to ignore your injuries or minimize your case, because a clever attorney is able to produce eloquent arguments or conjured excuses and counter-evidence. Also, sometimes multiple parties are responsible for the injuries you sustained, such as a manufacturer and the installer of the tire and rims. The more parties involved, the more complicated the claim/case can become and the more important to have competent legal representation on your side. Give Zinda Law Group a call today to receive the aggressive representation you are going to need during the days ahead from a Personal Injury Attorney!