Defective automobile tires are responsible for tens of thousands of accidents on U.S. roads each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), around 200 fatalities occur every year as a direct or indirect result of defective tires.
If a tire blowout, shredded tire, or otherwise defective tire led to an accident that left you injured, Breit Cantor can help you take legal action against the liable parties. Since 1979, we have helped injured individuals and the families of people who were killed by defective products fight for justice and a fair recovery. Our Virginia defective tire attorneys have extensive experience handling this type of unique and complex litigation and have recovered more than $250 million on behalf of injured individuals throughout the state. We are prepared to fight tirelessly for you.
Contact us at (888) 635-9500 for a free consultation. We have offices located in Richmond and Virginia Beach.
Types of Tire Defects & How They Occur
There are a number of ways in which tires can be defective. One of the most common defects occurs when tires “blow” while the car, motorcycle, or vehicle is in motion. When this happens, tire fragments can become wrapped around the hubcap or axel, causing the driver to lose control which can lead to an accident. Because this often occurs at high speeds, the results are often devastating.
Other common types of tire defects include:
- Tread and Belt Separation: Poor adhesion of steel to rubber can lead to tread and belt separation in steel-belted radial tires. This often occurs as a result of design and/or manufacturing defects and can lead to tire blowouts, exposure of the top steel belt, loss of control, and serious accidents.
- Sidewall Failures: Also known as zipper failures, sidewall failures occur when the outer wall of the tire fails during inflation. Though relatively rare, sidewall failures can cause catastrophic damage to both the person filling the tire and others nearby.
- Bead Failures: When a tire is overfilled, it can cause an explosion, especially when the bead wire is particularly weak. This is a rare occurrence, but it can and does occur, particularly when used tires are overfilled. This can even occur when used tires are filled according to safety margins.
- Multi-Piece Wheel/Rim Failures: Despite attempts by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to ban multi-piece rims, these types of wheels are still in production. Multi-piece wheel/rim failures have led to numerous worker injuries and even deaths during tire mounting.
These are just some examples of common tire defects. There are many other types of defects that can be introduced at the design or manufacturing phase. Additionally, many tires lack proper safety warnings. When this occurs, ordinary use can lead to disastrous results.
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Defective tire litigation can be quite complex. Often, the expert analysis of accident reconstruction specialists is required to determine whether or not a defective tire led to an accident and the subsequent injuries.
At Breit Cantor, we work with a team of experienced investigators, accident reconstruction experts, and other professionals who help us thoroughly examine every aspect of your case. Our defective tire litigation lawyers in Virginia have earned a reputation for being aggressive advocates for our clients. Though we strive for swift settlements, we prepare every case for trial and are not afraid to take your claim to court whenever necessary.
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