Every year in the U.S., tire problems cause at least 33,000 motor vehicle accidents, resulting in more than 19,000 injuries and about 500 deaths.1 While old or badly worn tires can be to blame, in many cases, defective tires are involved. When they are, victims can hold manufacturers and/or others liable for their injuries, suffering, and losses.
At the Amaro Law Firm, our Houston lawyers have extensive experience helping accident victims pursue the compensation and justice they deserve when defective tires (and other faulty vehicle equipment) cause harm.
Diligent, tenacious, and strategic, our attorneys know how to prove when defective tires caused an accident.
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Defective Tires: Types of Defects & Failures
Tire defects can arise from various factors, including (but not limited to):
- Design flaws
- Manufacturing errors or mistakes, like using low-quality materials
- Failing to test the safety of tires
- Damaging tires when mounting them
- Putting the wrong types of tires on a vehicle
- Putting tires on the wrong size rims
- Putting different size (mismatched) tires on a vehicle
- Mounting old or worn tires on a vehicle (which cause result from the fraudulent sale of old tires as new or lightly used).
Some of the most common types of tire defects include:
- Poorly constructed tire bead and sidewalls
- Improper chemical treatments, which can cause cracking
- Separation of the steel belt, liners, bead, sidewalls, or tread
- Broken cords
- Retread failure.
These or other tire defects can result in tread separation, tire blowouts, and rollover car accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), when a vehicle equipment failure causes a crash, tire problems are the main factor in about 35 percent of these wrecks.2
Recalls for Defective Tires
When regulators at NHTSA receive reports of tire defects, they will issue a recall. Tire manufacturers may also voluntarily issue recalls when they become aware that their tires are defective.
While recalls can be an effective way to reduce the number of defective tires on the roads, only about 1 in 5 defective tires are remedied through these recalls.1 The low success rate with tire recalls is due, at least in part, to the lack of a registration requirement for tire dealers. This makes it challenging for tire manufacturers to know who exactly has recalled tires, meaning that many impacted vehicle owners may never receive notification of tire recalls.
You can check if your vehicle is subject to a tire (or other) recall using this tool provided by the NHTSA.
Liability & Recoveries for Defective Tires
When defective tires cause accidents, injuries, and losses, liable parties may include (but are not limited) to:
- Tire manufacturers
- Tire retail and maintenance shops
- Dealerships or vehicle rental businesses.
In some cases, multiple parties may be liable for defective tires. When these claims are successful, they can result in compensation for damages like (but not limited to):
- Property damage
- Past and future medical bills
- Past and future lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Funeral and burial costs (in the event of fatal injuries)
- Punitive damages (in some cases).
While we understand that compensation can never reverse permanent injuries and losses, we also know how crucial recoveries can be to providing survivors and families with the financial means to seek treatment, focus on healing and rebuild their lives.
Get Answers about Your Legal Options: Contact a Houston Personal Injury Lawyer at the Amaro Law Firm
A Houston personal injury lawyer at the Amaro Law Firm can help you seek justice and financial recovery if you or a loved one has been hurt in a wreck caused by defective tires.
We are ready to help you advocate your rights, build the strongest possible claim.
The Amaro Law Firm’s history of extraordinary representation and success in defective tire claims (and other personal injury claims) has earned us glowing testimonials from former clients, as well as 5-star ratings on Google and Facebook.
1: According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
2: The latest data from the NHTSA