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Defective Tires Are a Leading Cause of Injury in the U.S. Work with Our Firm to Seek Proper Compensation.

Injuries Caused by Defective Tires

Getting Compensation for Auto Defects in Greenville

Without properly fitted and inflated tires, an automobile can change from a trusted method of transportation to a life-threatening hazard in moments. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that in 2015, over 35% of all vehicle-related crashes were caused by defective tires.

If you think that tire defects may have contributed to your accident, we can help you determine whether or not you have a case. Our skilled team of Greenville auto defect lawyers has over 100 years of combined experience serving our personal injury clients, and can pinpoint exactly where the responsibility for your accident lies. With so many parties involved in the production and maintenance of tires, we know it can be difficult to identify the factors behind your accident.

Here’s a list of some common tire defects and their causes:

  • Inflation Explosions: Tire explosions (or blowouts) can be caused by many factors, but one of the most common is underinflation. If the tire has been “radically” underinflated during maintenance, serious explosions can occur.
  • Incorrect Alignment: If a tire has been incorrectly rotated during routine maintenance, it can fall off the axle and cause serious accidents. In such cases, the repair shop may be liable.
  • Bead Failures: The tire bead is another name for the portion of a tire that rests on the wheel, and it is kept in place by air pressure. If the tire has not been correctly matched to the rim at the manufacturing level, bead failure can cause blowouts.
  • Tread and Belt Separation: This is when the tread of the tire becomes separated from the body, and it’s one of the most dangerous tire defects. While often caused by excessive wear, the manufacturer must also use special chemical bonds during production to prevent this failure.

The “Crashworthiness” Principle: Product Liability

In auto defect cases, there is also a principle called “crashworthiness” that determines where liability falls. In essence, crashworthiness means that a defect does not need to be the only cause of an accident in order to count against the defendant. As such, a judge examining a case with defective tires needs to determine if they worsened the accident, or contributed to injuries directly. Even if the accident was caused by another factor, we will advocate for your right to a safe and secure vehicle.

If you’ve been injured by a tire defect, contact us by filling out our online form. We can help you identify liability for your accident.

Types of Tire Defect Injuries

Because tires are the foundation of the vehicle, it follows that tire defects can result in some of the worst possible injuries. During this difficult time, our team wants to ensure that you receive the best service and resources to fight for your case. At Christian & Davis LLC, we have over 100 years of combined experience, and we use our dedication and knowledge to fight for consumers like you.

Some of the injuries we can fight for on your behalf include:

  • Paralysis and paraplegia
  • Loss of limb
  • Internal bleeding
  • Brain damage
  • Loss of vision or hearing
  • Chronic pain
  • Organ damage

If you’ve been affected by any of the injuries listed above, please contact our experienced team of Greenville auto defect attorneys today. We’ll carefully review your case to determine the next steps.

Schedule a free consultationonline or call today to learn how we can help you get compensated for your injuries.

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