Every time we get behind the wheel, we put a whole lot of trust in our tires. Most of don’t think about tire safety beyond the regular tire pressure check and rotations that our mechanics recommend. But it only takes one defective tire to cause a tragedy. If you’ve been injured in a wreck caused by a defective tire, Carabin & Shaw’s San Antonio defective tire accident attorneys are here to help.
Accidents caused by tire blowouts and de-treading are often among the most deadly. When a tire blows out, the driver’s first instinct is often to panic or slam the breaks. When a blowout occurs, drivers should:
- Firmly grip the steering wheel and avoid hitting the brakes
- Allow the car to slow down gradually
- Pull to the side of the road and turn on emergency flashers
But drivers who panic often fail to remember the above steps. The result is that the driver loses control of the vehicle and crashes, injuring themselves or others. Approximately 11,000 accidents each year are caused by tire-related issues, and an average of 200 people die annually in tire-related crashes. That’s why it’s crucial to take tire safety very seriously.
Tire manufacturers responsible for faulty products that result in crashes need to be held accountable for their negligence. That’s why the defective tire accident attorneys serving San Antonio at Carabin & Shaw work so diligently on behalf of victims of tire-related accidents.What is a Tire Defect Case?
Tire companies are businesses, and like all businesses, their first priority is making a profit. But when tire companies put profits above safety, the consequences can be deadly.
When tire companies try to save money by making less expensive tires, they sometimes cut corners in tire design or manufacturing that result in an inferior – and less safe – product. For example, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company issued a recall in 2012 for tires that had been made using contaminated rubber compounds. These sorts of design or manufacturing defects can contribute to tire blowouts and consequently make our roads less safe.
In addition to these manufacturing or design defects, other factors that can lead to tire blowouts include:
- Tire construction
- De-treading (tread separation)
- Adhesion failures
In order to determine whether or not a defective tire caused your accident, our attorneys will examine the facts of your case in detail. Since so many factors can lead to a blowout, it’s important to find out whether or not your tire was involved in a recall. Our defective tire accident attorneys serving San Antonio can assist you in determining whether or not your tire blowout was caused by a recalled, defective tire.
Since the year 2000, more than 15 million Bridgestone and Firestone tires were recalled due to Firestone’s failure to equip these tires with adequate safeguards against tread separation. Numerous other domestic and foreign manufacturers have recalled tires in recent years, including:
- Bridgestone Tires
- Continental Tires
- Cooper Tires
- Firestone Tires
- General Tires
- Goodyear Tires
- Michelin Tires
It’s important to note that improperly installed tires can also contribute to a blowout and may serve as grounds for a personal injury case. If you are unsure whether or not your tire-related car accident resulted from defective or improperly installed tires, contact our knowledgeable attorneys for a free consultation so we can discuss the specific details of your case.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a tire-related accident, the San Antonio defective tire accident attorneys at Carabin & Shaw can help you build your case. We offer free consultations; so call us at 800-862-1260 to find out what our attorneys can do for you.