Tire Defect Attorneys
Representing Victims Injured by Tire Defects
Tires are one of the most important components of your vehicle. Defective tires can be frustratingly common, yet very few people realize their tires have dangerous problems or have been formally recalled. Part of the problem is there is no universal tracking system for who purchases tires and what vehicles they go on. Consequently, it can be very difficult to know whether an accident was the result of tire failure. If you learn you are driving with recalled tires, it is important for your safety that you replace them as soon as possible.
If you lost control of your vehicle in the moments before a car accident, turn to Potts Law Firm. Our team understands what to look for when investigating automobile accidents with unclear causes, and we are frequently able to recognize the telltale signs of tire defects. We may be able to help you take legal action against one or more liable parties and recover just compensation. Our tire defect lawyers have already recovered over a billion dollars for our clients, and we are ready to put our knowledge, resources, and experience to work for you.
Schedule a free initial consultation by calling (888) 420-1299 or contacting us online if you think your accident may have been caused by tire defects. Same-day appointments are available, and our firm offers services in English and Spanish.
Common Injuries in Accidents Caused by Tire Defects
When a defective tire fails, it can rapidly lose air pressure, upsetting your vehicle’s balance and maneuverability. It may even fall apart and dislodge, resulting in a complete loss of control. You may be unable to reliably steer your vehicle, and, depending on your speed, you could roll over. Many drivers whose tires fail end up running their vehicles off the road, colliding with another vehicle, or hitting a hazard, causing potentially catastrophic injuries.
Our tire defect attorneys can represent you if suffered any of the following injuries commonly caused by these accidents:
- Broken bones and/or fractures
- Facial fractures and/or scarring
- Internal injuries and/or bleeding
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Wrongful death
Who Is Liable for an Accident Caused by Tire Defects?
Tires can be defective and dangerous even if they are not part of a recall ordered by the manufacturer. Many manufacturers will do everything they can to avoid a recall, while other issues may go undiscovered until it is too late. Common problems with tires include tread separation, steel belt separation, a lack of separation prevention features, improper manufacturing techniques, and improper repairs of punctures. In some cases, the seller or installer of tires should have known either about the existence of an issue or that a tire is being used on a vehicle it is not designed for.
Depending on the circumstances of the accident, one or more of the following parties may be liable for defective tires:
- The vehicle manufacturer
- The defective tire’s designer
- The defective tire’s testing and installation team
- A tire shop that knowingly sold tires that were not appropriate for the vehicle being driven
- A tire maintenance team that failed to properly repair or recognize issues in one or more defective tires
- A tire shop that knowingly sold defective tires
When a tire is defective due to design or manufacturing flaws, you will need to file a product liability lawsuit. Winning these cases requires proving the defect made the tire unreasonably dangerous, which caused your injuries. In situations involving tire shops, you will need to prove the staff was negligent in failing to inform of you a tire defect they knew (or reasonably should have known) about.
What Damages Can I Recover in a Tire Defect Lawsuit?
If you hope to recover damages after an accident that may have been the result of tire defects, you should get legal advice right away. Each state enforces a statute of limitations, and you will be unable to recover any compensation once the allowable period has lapsed. If a tire defect-related accident leads to fatal injuries, the qualifying survivors of the deceased will get additional time from the date of the victim’s passing to bring a wrongful death claim.
Our tire defect lawyers will fight to recover compensation for all monetary and non-monetary losses, including:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Property damage
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
We frequently handle tire defect cases on a contingency basis, so you owe us nothing unless we win. Call (888) 420-1299 or contact us online today.
Unless your tires were specifically named in a recall, you may not be certain of why your accident occurred and therefore who is liable. Attorneys experienced in handling auto defect cases will be able to quickly evaluate your case and help you understand your legal options. Furthermore, they will be able to help you combat the immense legal resources leveraged by vehicle manufacturers and tire companies. You do not want to go up against these large organizations alone, especially as you are recovering from your injuries.
When you hire our legal professionals at Potts Law Firm, you get an advocate who will be by your side every step of the way. We are committed to the well-being of our clients and endeavor to deliver optimal results, no matter the complexity of the circumstances. Our team will move quickly to favorably resolve your case, whether through negotiating a pre-trial settlement or fighting for you in court.
If you are unsure if you have a case, don’t hesitate to call us today for a free consultation. Our team of experienced attorneys are ready to review your claim and fight for you.
Q:What Do I Have to Prove to Win My Tire Defect Case?
The exact requirements of what you must establish to prevail in a product liability case vary by state. We understand each state’s laws and will tailor our case strategy accordingly.
Generally, the plaintiff must prove:
- The tire’s defect makes it unreasonably dangerous
- The unreasonably dangerous tire caused or contributed to the plaintiff’s injuries
- The plaintiff was injured or killed
Proving these elements typically requires expert testimony from doctors, engineers, and other professionals. We routinely work with these types of experts throughout the United States.
Q:How Long Will a Tire Defect Case Last?
Any auto defect case tends to be complex, especially if it involves suing a vehicle manufacturer. Given court backlogs and other factors, you should expect the average case to last between one and two years. This timeline may be faster if a pre-trial resolution is possible.
Q:How Do Vehicle Recalls Work?
A recall is implemented to let consumers know about a dangerous component of their vehicle. A manufacturer may voluntarily decide to issue a recall when a problem is discovered, but recalls can also be performed by the federal government, specifically the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). It is always a good idea to check if your vehicle has been named in a recall and to pay attention to any important messages from your vehicle’s manufacturer. You can review current recalls at www.safercar.gov.
Q:How Can I Protect Myself from Tire Defects?
You can check if your vehicle’s tires are named in a recall at https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/SearchSafetyIssues?prodType=T. Tires could be defective even if they are not named in a recall, and even perfectly functional tires are subject to failure if they are used too long. Check the manufacturer’s estimated lifespan of your tires and consider switching them for new ones accordingly. Many tires last between four and five years if they are driven a standard number of miles annually. You can learn more about tire safety at https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/tires.
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