Advocating for Clients of Defective Tires—Cook County Tire Failure Accident Lawyer
Whether you are the driver or passenger in a vehicle that suffers a tire blowout or you are a motorist hit by another driver who loses control when his tire fails, tire blow outs at highway speeds are both frightening and dangerous. Some tires blowout because vehicle owners or drivers are lax about engaging in proper maintenance by replacing worn and/or dried out tires or regulating tire pressure. While a vehicle owner or driver might be liable for injuries or fatalities caused by inadequate tire maintenance, defective tires are the predominate cause of Chicago tire blowout accidents.
At Stein and Shulman, LLC, our Chicago tire blowout accident lawyers have extensive experience representing individuals injured in motor vehicle accidents, including those caused by tire failure. The attorneys in our law firm have over 45 years of collective experience representing people who suffer severe injury or wrongful death in car crashes. We engage in a thorough investigation of the underlying facts rather than simply accepting the conclusions of the law enforcement officer. Even if you believe the tire blowout accident is your fault, you should seek legal advice because we might see the issue of fault differently than the investigating officer. Our innovative approach to handling the complex issues involved in defective tire cases and other personal injury claims has enabled our law firm to recover over $40 million for our clients.
Common Causes of Crashes Caused by Failure of a Tire
If you are involved in a crash caused, at least in part, by tire failure, you should seek prompt legal advice because many factors can contribute to a blowout. Identification of the responsible party will depend on the reason for the blowout. Some of the most common causes of tire blowouts and failures include:
Sale of Old Tires: Many vehicle owners act responsibly by purchasing new tires because they know the ones that they are currently traveling on are no longer safe. However, tires sold as “new” can be ticking time bombs if they have been stacked in inventory over a number of years. If a tire is stored for six years or more, it should not be sold to consumers because reliance on the tire is unsafe. The rubber used to manufacturer tires degrades and oxidizes over time, which compromises the strength of the tire.
Improper Tire Pressure: When vehicle owners and/or drivers do not monitor tire pressure and keep it within manufacturer specifications, the result can be a blowout accident that causes catastrophic injury and wrongful death. When tires are underinflated, they increase the probability of a collision in several ways. First, tires that are not adequately inflated make a vehicle more difficult to steer or stop, especially on wet roads. Second, the internal tire temperature can rise and cause the tire to overheat, so a motorist eventually experiences a blowout. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that vehicles with tires underinflated by 25 percent or more are three times as likely to be involved in tire-related crash.
Defective Steel Belted Tires (Tread Separation): Because of the difficulty associated with achieving adhesion of steel to rubber, tread separation is an unfortunate danger posed by steel-belted tires. The risk of tread separation increases when motor vehicles are operated during periods of high-temperature weather. Tire tread separation can result from both design and/or manufacturing defects. The risk can be magnified by underinflation even though the tire company recommends using less than the manufacturer specified tire pressure. Defective tires prone to tread separation are especially dangerous when installed on vehicles with a high center of gravity and/or a narrow wheel base.
Patching Tires Needing Replacement: While some tires can be safely patched if they go flat, tires that suffer certain types of damage cannot be safely patched. For example, a puncture in the shoulder of the tire might be patchable based on industry safety standards whereas certain other parts of the tire are considered outside the repairable areas of a tire. Further, tires that exhibit certain types or degrees of wear also are not considered safe to patch. When a tire shop or dealer repairs a tire that prudent safety guidelines dictate be replaced, this can constitute a basis for imposing liability on the company that did the work.
Contact Stein & Shulman Today
Our Chicago tire blowout accident lawyers at Stein & Shulman, LLC can provide the perfect balance of experience, expertise, empathy, diligence, and tenacity to help you obtain the best possible outcome for you and your family. If you or your loved one has suffered serious injury in a motor vehicle collision caused by a tire blowout, we invite you to contact us today at (312) 422-0500 or email us to schedule your no obligation free consultation.
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