Alabama Tire Defect Lawyer
The Morrison Law Firm, LLC of Montgomery, Alabama is one of the premier law firms in the country for handling defective tire injury cases. Our lawyers have fought some of the formative cases that defined tire defect law throughout the country. If you or a loved one was injured in an accident because of defective tires, trust our lawyers to handle your case. Not only do we offer free consultations on new cases, but we also have a track record of success in helping injured victims recover compensation for their tire defect injuries. For your free consultation, call (334) 625-6128 today.
Causes of Tire Defects
The science behind manufacturing long-lasting, safe tires is much more complicated than inflated rubber. Most modern tires are made up of multiple layers of rubber, metal, and other compounds that work to create an airtight seal thick enough to withstand the wear and tear of the road. In order to fully understand how a tire should be constructed, and where the problems in defective tires lie, our attorneys commonly work with tire experts to handle your case.
Experts, under legal terminology, require specialized scientific or technical information. Only select few people could be called as an expert witness in a tire defect lawsuit. Experts in tire manufacturing may be manufacturers themselves, as well as engineers, materials scientists, and other specialists that understand the science, engineering, and safety concerns of tires.
Tire defects can come into the tire-making process in two main ways. First, the tire’s design may be inappropriate for its use. In these kinds of cases, the tire’s design has some flaw that prevents it from driving safely. The engineers that designed the tire may have selected inappropriate materials, causing the tire to wear down too quickly. Alternatively, a tire may suffer a defect in how it was manufactured. These defects may come from improper techniques in molding or injecting the rubber and other materials, which cause the tire’s internal layers to sit too close to the surface. In other cases, factories may have failed to inspect tires for defects, and tires with bubbles or thin spots may end up on your car.
In either of these cases, the tire defects could cause serious accidents in a few ways. The most common way that a tire will fail on the road is through a blow-out. Many tire blowouts are sudden and unexpected. Just because a tire is old does not mean that it should be weak or easily blown-out. Many tires are expected to have a usable lifespan of many thousands of miles and many years. Both old and new tires could fall to blow-outs from defects. Alternatively, tires may cause accidents if they suddenly depressurize and go flat while driving on the highway. In many cases, the catastrophic effects of tire failure are caused by these issues:
- Tread separation – the outer layer of tread falls off
- Bubbles – bubbles create dangerous thin spots in the tire wall
- Cracks – tires should be free from surface damage
- Faulty valves – the valve may leak or rupture if improperly made
If you notice any signs of uneven wear, extreme wear, any metal poking through the rubber, bubbles, or any air leakage, take your car to a mechanic before risking any dangers.
Suing for Tire Defect Injuries
The injuries from a tire defect typically come from the catastrophic auto accidents that blowouts and failures cause. In many tire defect cases, your car may suddenly lose control. If that happens at highway speeds, you could easily crash into walls, trees, or other vehicles. In serious car accidents, you run the risk of some of the worst injuries. Car accident injuries often include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spine and back injuries
- Amputation injuries
- Crush injuries
- Broken bones
- Cuts, scrapes, and lacerations
With some of these injuries, you might face temporary or even permanent effects. Especially severe injuries like brain injuries and spinal injuries could affect you for the rest of your life. This could require ongoing medical care, help with your day to day activities, and an inability to work.
If you were severely injured, you may be able to recover compensation for all of your needs. This includes getting medical bills paid for, covering the entire range of medical expenses. Even continuing medical costs, like additional surgeries, physical therapy, rehabilitation, etc. may be covered. If you missed work because of your injuries or were unable to return to work because your injuries were too severe, you might be entitled to sue for your lost wages. These payments could cover your paychecks and help support your family while you are unable to return to work. Lastly, you might be entitled to direct compensation for your pain and suffering. Everyone’s experience of pain is different, so proving your experience is often very personal, and requires you to testify about how the injuries affected your life and what your experience of the pain was like.
The compensation for these injuries and their effects often comes straight from the responsible parties. While car accident insurance may be enough to cover some injuries, you may be entitled to even more compensation from the tire manufactures. If the manufacturer’s design or manufacturing defects were responsible for your car crash, the manufacturer may be held accountable for compensating you.
When suing a manufacturer, you may be entitled to additional damages if the manufacturer was especially negligent or tried to hide evidence of a defect. If a tire company failed to recall an especially dangerous line of tires, a court may issue “punitive” or “exemplary” damages to penalize the company. Talk to an attorney to understand what damages you may be entitled to in your case.
Montgomery, Alabama Tire Failure Injury Lawyers
The attorneys at The Morrison Law Firm have helped hundreds of tire defect victims get compensation for their injuries. If you or a loved one was injured in an accident caused by a tire defect, consider taking your case to the Morrison Law Firm. Our attorneys offer free consultations on new cases. Call (334) 625-6128 today for your free consultation.