Alabama Attorney for Semi Truck Accidents Caused by Tire Tread Separation
When a semi-truck collides with a passenger vehicle, the result is usually an accident that leaves the victim with extensive or even fatal injuries. Tire tread separation can often be attributed to poor maintenance of a vehicle or possibly a serious error on the part of a tire manufacturer. If you or a family member was seriously injured in a semi-truck accident, you should consult with an experienced Alabama semi-truck accident attorney.
Personal injury lawyer Rick Morrison has over two decades of legal experience that he is prepared to use to help you hold negligent tire manufacturers accountable for their actions. Our firm acknowledges how a serious truck accident can impact your life, and we are here to stand with you. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your claim, call The Morrison Law Firm at (334) 513-1323, or contact us online.
How Tire Tread Separation Occurs
Tire tread is when the outer layer of a tire detaches from the steel belt. Tire tread separation can cause an inexperienced truck driver to lose control of their vehicle and cause a dangerous crash. Under many circumstances, the reason for a tire tread separation accident is because a tire manufacturer did not properly check the tire for defects before they began selling them to consumers.
Steel-belted radial tires are the most prominent type of tire that is used today. When producing a steel-belted radial tire, the manufacturing company will fasten steel belts to the tire before attaching the tread to the tire and then attaching these components to the sidewall. However, some tire manufacturers may not use the best processes to ensure the rubber from the tire properly melds onto the steel portion of the tire.
If a tire tread separates, it can be the result of several issues the manufacturer failed to address. For example, if there were foreign objects or impurities that were mistakenly melded into the tires, this can affect the ability of the tread to adhere to the steel belt.
Manufacturer error is not the only reason that truck tire tread may separate. Another reason is that the trucking company may not be doing adequate maintenance on their vehicles. Truck drivers must use their semi-trucks to traverse hundreds of miles in a given week. With this much vehicle usage, it is expected that the tires on a vehicle will be frequently inspected for problems. Unfortunately, some trucking companies may not address these issues until an accident occurs.
To learn more about why tire tread separation occurs and filing a personal injury lawsuit, you should continue reading and speak with an experienced Alabama truck crash attorney.
Suing for Tire Tread Separation Accidents
If you were involved in a semi-truck accident because the tread on the truck’s tires separated, you are likely wondering who can be held responsible for your injuries. As mentioned, tire tread separation is usually the result of negligence on the part of a tire manufacturer.
If a tire manufacturer was responsible for your injury, you should be looking to file a personal injury lawsuit against them. The basis of a personal injury case is that the tire manufacturer owed you a duty of care but because that duty was breached you suffered an injury, or your vehicle was damaged. While the trucking company was the party with the defective tires, the negligence of the tire manufacturer led to your injury.
It is also important to note that you only have a limited amount of time to file a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent tire manufacturer. The reason for this is the statute of limitations. This law dictates the amount of time that a person has to file a particular type of lawsuit.
In Alabama, a plaintiff has two years to file their personal injury case. If the case is not timely filed, the plaintiff risks having the court bar their claim. That means that the victim will be left without an opportunity to pursue compensation for their injuries.
If it is determined that the accident was the result of negligence on the part of the trucking company, then you should file a claim against them instead. Under certain circumstances, the trucking company and the tire manufacturer could be both be liable for your injury.
Montgomery Personal Injury Lawyers You Can Trust
If you or a family member was the victim of a commercial vehicle accident, you should consult with an experienced Montgomery personal injury lawyer today. At The Morrison Law Firm, we are devoted to providing our clients with the legal representation needed to pursue their injury claim. You do not have to fight your injury case alone, call The Morrison Law Firm at (334) 513-1323 for a free legal consultation.