Tire blowouts can result from manufacturing defects and may ultimately result in catastrophic car accidents. The manufacturers of tires have a duty and responsibility to ensure that their products are not only durable but also safe. If a tire recall comes too late, or if there is evidence from an investigation into the accident that the tire blowout resulted from a manufacturing defect, a victim may have the legal right to file a claim against the tire manufacturer for their injuries and damages.
If you suffered injuries due to a tire blowout, you may want to contact our legal team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 to learn how a Los Angeles tire blowout lawyer can help you seek the compensation you may be eligible to receive for your injuries and losses.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) determined that more than 700 traffic accident fatalities in 2017 were due to tire-related crashes, including tire blowouts. Tire blowouts typically occur when a vehicle tire loses air so quickly that it explodes, resulting in the loss of control over the vehicle by the driver. When a tire deflates so quickly as to cause a blowout, the vehicle is at an increased risk for swerving, crashing into another vehicle, turning sideways, running off the road, or rolling over. The driver will lose a great deal, if not all, of their ability to appropriately and safely maneuver their vehicle.
Manufacturers and Defective Tires
When a manufacturer discovers that there is a defect in its tires, it has a legal obligation to immediately issue a recall notice regarding the tires to all consumers, who then have the option of returning the tires for a refund or replacements.
Unfortunately, in many cases, the consumer who purchased the tire does not hear of the recall and suffers injuries in an accident related to a tire blowout. The NHTSA, Consumer Affairs, and the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association all provide online databases where consumers can search if their tires are subject to a recall.
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Tire manufacturers have an absolute duty under the law to create, manufacture, place in the stream of commerce, and sell safe tires to the public. Vehicles with tire defects may ultimately have tire blowouts due to inappropriately manufactured, designed, or installed tires. The following are some areas that relate to product liability cases.
Criteria for Product Liability Case
If you were a victim of an accident that resulted from a tire blowout due to a manufacturing defect, you must prove the following for a product liability case:
- The tire that suffered a blowout was unsafe and dangerous due to some defect in the tire, tire part or component.
- The driver operated the vehicle as intended by the manufacturer (i.e., the vehicle was not used in street racing, etc.).
- The driver, seller, or any other party never substantially altered the tire from its original condition in which the consumer purchased the tire.
You may find it helpful to contact the team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm for a free case evaluation to see whether these three elements can be proven.
Product liability cases are technically and legally complex due to the involvement of specific and intricate knowledge of specific parts and components of a product. Many product liability cases require an independent investigation to determine the exact cause of the accident.
Often, an expert witness knowledgeable in the study of tires, tire blowouts, and accident reconstruction is helpful to an investigation. These expert witnesses often provide critical opinions that illuminate the technicalities of how tire blowouts occur and how the tire blowout may have either caused or contributed to the severity of the car accident that injured the victim. Additional expert witnesses may also assist in the investigation such as engineers, manufacturing product designers, and medical experts.
All manufacturers of all products, including vehicle products such as tires, must meet a high legal standard known as strict liability. Strict liability indicates that a manufacturer is “strictly” or “absolutely” liable if their product that entered the stream of commerce proves to include any kind of defect or design flaw.
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Tire Blowouts Due to Low Air Pressure
In some cases, the tire blowout is not directly due to a manufacturing defect in the tire itself, but rather due to the air pressure not being appropriate for the tire. If the car mechanic or the establishment that placed the tires on the vehicle did not inflate the tires appropriately to a safe level, there is a chance that the victim of an accident may have the legal right to file a claim against that mechanic or establishment.
If the air pressure in a victim’s tires were low and the warning light failed to illuminate in the car panel to notify the driver, there may also be a potential claim against the manufacturer of the defective electrical panel. Ultimately, there are several parties that may have liability with respect to a tire blowout accident that results in injuries and damages. It may be beneficial to consult with a lawyer to discuss your case and whether you may be eligible for compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
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Consider a Los Angeles Tire Blowout Lawyer
If you suffered injuries resulting in medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damage due to a tire blowout, you may feel overwhelmed regarding which parties should be held liable and responsible to compensate you for your losses.
You may want to consider calling our legal team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444. We can help you understand how a Los Angeles tire blowout lawyer may be able to assist you in your attempt to pursue compensation for your damages.
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