A car accident involving a defective tire presents unique legal and personal questions. There are many sources of recovery in these cases, and a knowledgeable personal injury attorney will know where to look first.
The manufacturer may bear some responsibility, and other drivers may have also played a part in the accident and be held liable for injuries.
In Austin, TX the attorneys at Luke Dow Law Firm examine every aspect of a car accident case involving defective tires to maximize your recovery. Recovery consists of not only the physical needs that result from traumatic car accidents, but also the financial need victims face while recovering and thereafter. We take into account all of your damages and aggressively pursue everything you are entitled to receive.
Results of Driving with Defective Tires
Driving on a defective tire is dangerous. However, most drivers are unaware when they have a defective tire. Until a defective tire causes or contributes to an accident, there may be no reason to suspect the tire is defective.
A defective tire may result in:
- Blowouts or shredded tires.
- Tires that pull away and separate from the wheel.
- Loss of vehicle control.
- Swerving or weaving into other lanes of traffic.
- Hydroplaning on wet and slippery surfaces.
- Skidding or failing to stop properly and safely.
Any of these conditions can cause or at least contribute to an auto accident. At first glance it may appear as if the driver is at fault, but once a thorough examination of the facts of the matters is made, it may be determined that the accident was the result of a defective tire.
If that is the case, the demand for compensation has to be directed to the proper party. Holding the proper party responsible is the first step towards full recovery, and our group of competent personal injury attorneys has experience identifying the cause of a crash, and making the appropriate request for reimbursement.
Who Can Be Held Liable for an Accident Involving Defective Tires?
When people are involved in car accidents, the negligent driver is typically the one to look to for compensation. However, there are times when accidents are caused by a defect in the tires.
When tires are defective, even the best drivers can lose control of their vehicle. This is why it is so important to explore the cause of the accident, and pinpoint how the crash occurred. This requires thoughtful legal analysis, and perhaps even an expert witness who is familiar with characteristics of defective tires.
In most cases, a product liability lawsuit can be filed with the designer or manufacturer of the tires. In other cases, the driver or owner of the vehicle may be held accountable to failing to properly maintain the tires.
Who to Call for Help
If you have been in an auto accident in which defective tires caused an accident, let us help. We will review the facts of your case and determine if you have a case. Call us for help today. Contact us online or call our office at (512) 480-9502.