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What You Should Know About Defective Tires and Auto Accidents

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What You Should Know About Defective Tires and Auto AccidentsIf you are like many adults who take pride in their car, truck, or SUV, you probably make vehicle maintenance a top priority. Checking the oil and other fluid levels, ensuring that your tires are aired up and the tread is not too worn, and taking your vehicle in for regular tune-ups may be a standard part of your routine. However, when defective design or manufacture of an auto part is to blame for a malfunctioning vehicle, there may be nothing the driver could have done to prevent it. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident, and you believe that defective tires were to blame, you may have a valid product liability case.  

History of Faulty Car and Truck Tires

Many people still remember when the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company was forced to conduct one of the largest recalls in U.S. history. Defective tires installed on Ford pickup trucks and SUVs were associated with accidents causing over 800 injuries and 270 deaths. Firestone eventually recalled a staggering 6.5 million tires, and the Ford Motor Company recalled and replaced approximately 13 million of the defective tires. Ford faced over $600 million in lawsuits as a result.

Unfortunately, tire recalls are not limited to just these companies. Just recently, Alliance Tire Americas issued a tire recall after it was discovered that the tread might separate from the casing during use. Flaws in the design and manufacture of tires can cause the tires to malfunction and put the lives of drivers, passengers, and pedestrians at risk.  

Pursuing Compensation When a Tire Defect Causes You to Be Injured in a Car Crash

Sidewall blowouts and other tire malfunctions can cause accidents that lead to traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, internal organ damage, other catastrophic injuries, and death. If you or a loved one were involved in an accident and a defective tire may have been to blame, speak to an attorney experienced in auto defect cases. A product liability claim may allow you to collect compensation for the damages caused by the accident. You could receive compensation for your past and future medical expenses, disability, reduced employability, lost income, pain and suffering, and more.

Contact a Crystal Lake Auto Defect Lawyer

Companies that design or manufacturer flawed products should be held accountable for their negligent actions. Tire defects and other vehicle defect injury cases can be some of the most challenging types of personal injury cases to pursue, so guidance from a highly experienced attorney is essential. Contact a skilled McHenry County car accident injury attorney to get the help you need. Call 815-338-3838 for a free consultation at Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC, today.

Sources:

https://www.consumeraffairs.com/tire-recalls

https://www.hotcars.com/most-horrifying-car-recalls/

Illinois State Bar Association State Bar of Wisconsin Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce Illinois Trial Lawyers Association McHenry County Bar Association
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