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Tire Blowout Lawsuit

Tire Blowout Lawsuit

Juries have awarded millions of dollars to people who filed lawsuits after they were were injured by tire blowouts involving defective tires.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting tire blowout induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured in a truck or car accident caused by a tire blowout, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

UPDATE: Examples of Recalls for Tire Blowout Risk

Thousands of tires have been recalled due to a risk of tire blowouts, tread separation, sudden air loss, and other defects that can cause deadly accidents. Here are a few examples:

  • Continental Tire: Nearly 100,000 tires were recalled under brands like Continental®, General®, and Barum® due to a risk of tire blowouts.
  • Cooper Tire: Over 430,000 light truck tires were recalled due to sidewall bulges that could cause a sidewall blowout. The recalls cover Discoverer, Evolution, Courser, Deegan, Adventurer, Hercules, Back Country, Multi-Mile, Wild Country and Big O tires
  • Yokohama: Yokohama Tire recalled RY023 truck tires due to a risk of tire blowouts and tread separation, which could result in a truck accident.

Jury Awards $16 Million in Tire Blowout Lawsuit

A quadriplegic man from Ohio was awarded a $16 million jury verdict after he filed a tire blowout lawsuit against Goodyear Tire & Rubber. The 57 year-old plaintiff was paralyzed in a rollover accident after his tire blew out on a freeway in July 2012 while driving 70-mph. Click here to read more.

Can I File a Lawsuit Against the Tire Company?

Companies that manufacture tires have a responsibility to sell safe products, and when they identify problems, they must issue recalls and warn consumers. If they fail to take reasonable steps to keep you safe — and other people on the road — the victims can file lawsuits.

Lawsuits for Injuries & Accidents from Tire Blowouts

Lawsuits can be filed by drivers who lose control of their vehicle due to a blowout involving defective tires, or innocent bystanders who are the victims. In most cases, lawyers will be seeking compensation for pain and suffering, lost income, medical expenses, or any wrongful deaths.

What is a Tire Blowout?

A tire blowout is a sudden loss of air pressure in your tires, which can cause your vehicle to lose control and crash. Rollover accidents are particularly common in these types of crashes, because many vehicles with a blown-out tire will suddenly swerve.

What Causes Tire Blowouts?

  • Under-inflated tires (most common reason)
  • Defective tires due to manufacturing error
  • Old or worn-out tires
  • Uneven tread
  • Small leaks from punctures
  • Heavy loads
  • Road hazards (potholes, objects, nails, curbs, etc.)
  • Improper tire maintenance or mounting

What Happens I Have a Tire Blowout While Driving?

The first thing that happens in a tire blowout is you’ll hear a loud BOOM, followed by your vehicle suddenly jerking to one side. In a front tire blowout, you will feel it more in the vehicle’s steering. In a rear tire blowout, you will feel it more in the seat or body of the vehicle.

Why Do People Lose Control?

Tire blowouts are a terrifying experience, especially at highway speeds. Many drivers panic, overreact, and lose control of the vehicle by slamming on their brakes, or removing their foot from the pedal.

Was My Tire Blowout Accident the Manufacturer’s Fault?

Here are a few examples of tire defects and manufacturer mistakes that can cause a tire sidewall blowout:

  • Improper speed rating
  • Failing to test the tire before selling it to the public
  • Improper balance of compounds in the tire
  • Failing to stop moisture and air in the tires during the manufacturing process, resulting in weakness
  • Improper connections between the tire tread and ply
  • Bulges in the tire
  • Failing to prevent dirt or grease from contaminating the rubber compound
  • Using inadequate or outdated materials
  • Inadequate final inspection
  • Poor design

Source: utires.com, “Tire Sidewall Blowout: What Causes it and How to Deal with It” Accessed March 3, 2021.

What is a Tire Tread Separation?

The tread is the rubber on the outer part of the tire that touches the road. Tread separation is when the belts under the tire’s tread detach, which causes the tread to separate from the rest of the tire. It is most likely to occur in hot weather or at high speed, and it will frequently cause the driver to suddenly lose control of the vehicle and swerve.

Was My Tread Separation a Manufacturer Defect?

Tire manufacturers can be responsible for a tread separation and any accidents, injuries or deaths that occur as a result. Sometimes, there is a problem with the bonding process, in which the tread did not properly bond to the rest of the tire. As a driver, you might see or feel:

  • Cracks or cuts on the sidewall
  • Sidewall bulges or blisters
  • Hear or feel excessive vibration while driving
  • See uneven tread wear
  • See an excessively worn-out tread

Do I have a Tire Blowout Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting tire blowout induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured in a truck or car accident caused by a tire blowout, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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