Tire Defects & Blowout Accidents
Dedicated Product Liability Attorneys Serving the South
Personal vehicles are more prevalent today than ever before. We rely on our cars to get to and from work, run daily errands, and travel. Few of us, however, are experts in the automotive field. We rely on car manufacturers and automakers to design and build cars, and their component parts, in a safe manner. Unfortunately, not all cars are built up to the standard of care consumers deserve, giving rise to a breach of product liability standards. One common defect in cars is defective tires, leading to tire blowout accidents and possibly even serious injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a tire blowout accident, the Memphis tire defects lawyers of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz may be able to help in your time of need.
Defective Tires and Car Accidents
The term “blowout” is used to describe situations where a tire bursts and is accompanied by a loss of air pressure in that tire. Two causes of tire blowouts include (1) defective tire design and (2) negligent maintenance. Constructing tires is no simple task, and mistakes can occur at every step of production. For example, a tire manufacturer may fail to follow specified procedures while in the production stage. In addition, a manufacturer may fail to properly place the belts and overlaying tread.
While tire blowouts can be relatively uncommon compared to other auto defects, they can lead to much more serious injuries or wrongful death in the event of a crash. For example, a tire blowout may cause a vehicle to roll over, exposing the driver and passengers to catastrophic head injuries. Other injuries common in tire blowout accidents include paralysis, crushed organs, and debilitating spinal cord injuries. If you have suffered an injury from a tire defect in Memphis or elsewhere, you should seek medical treatment from a licensed doctor or professional.
A tire blowout may result from a collision with another vehicle or while your vehicle is rounding a sharp turn, similar to an SUV rollover crash. It is critical to investigate the accident in order to determine what exactly caused it to take place. Our defective tire lawyers have the resources and experience needed to consult with expert witnesses and engineers as part of the investigation process. Time is of the essence, as in most cases, the actual vehicle and tire must be inspected.
Tire Blowout Cases
Product liability cases are often complex and highly technical, and tire blowout cases are no different. Therefore, it is critical to retain experienced counsel who understands the complexities of these situations. As your attorneys, we can investigate your situation, which may include interviewing witnesses and obtaining accident reports from the responding law enforcement agency. In addition, we have access to experts in relevant fields who can testify regarding causation and assess fault.
Aside from proving liability, in order to succeed on a claim involving tire blowouts, a plaintiff must show that he or she suffered actual damages. Damages can come in a variety of forms, including economic and non-economic losses. Economic damages encompass items like past and future medical expenses, loss of income, loss of earning capacity, and property damage. Non-economic damages, on the other hand, constitute more intangible harms, including pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of companionship. A final category of damages is known as punitive damages, which are awarded to punish extremely wrongful conduct, such as fraudulent and reckless conduct, in order to deter future bad behavior. Many tire manufacturers tend to be large international companies, so if evidence surfaces that they knowingly placed consumers in harm’s way in order to maximize profits, they may be punished accordingly.
Tire blowout cases fall under the umbrella of product liability. The state in which a products liability case is filed could impact a plaintiff’s recovery options, as different states maintain different laws. For example, states have varying statute of limitations in which a plaintiff can commence a legal action alleging a defective product. In addition, states impose different caps on the amounts of non-economic and punitive damages a plaintiff may recover. Given these restrictions, it is best to contact a personal injury attorney as soon after the incident as possible.
Set Up a Free Consultation with a Knowledgeable Lawyer Today
Let the dedicated tire defect attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz help you navigate the legal world. We have over 30 years of experience representing clients in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, and Kentucky, including cities such as Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Tupelo, Oxford, Starkville, Meridian. Having recovered over $1.5 billion in compensation on behalf of injured clients, we know what dedicated and individualized legal representation is all about. In addition to tire blowout cases, our Memphis attorneys are equipped to handle cases involving defective airbags and other auto parts. To speak with an attorney today, contact our office toll-free at 800-529-4004 or complete our online form. Let us show you why NST is the way to go.