Defective tires can be dangerous because something can go wrong without another car being involved, resulting in significant injuries and even death. When a defective tire is the cause of an accident, the injured victim can take legal action and file a lawsuit against the distributor, the seller of the tire, and/or the manufacturer. In these types of claims, victims don't necessarily have to prove who is responsible for the defect, just that the defective tire was the cause of the accident. Filing a claim can help injured victims, and their families seek compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering.
Types of Tire Defects
Liability for defective tires typically falls into one of three types:
Manufacturing Defects – These occur during production, causing a product to differ from typical units of the same product line or the manufacturer's design specifications.
Warning Defects – These typically occur if the distributor, seller, or manufacturer did not provide adequate warnings or safety instructions for the tire.
Design Defects – These are usually caused by the tire failing to perform as safely as expected when used in a foreseeable manner, or the benefits of the tire do not outweigh the risk of the dangers inherent.
Proving a Defective Tire Caused an Accident
Proving that a defective tire was the root cause of a car accident can be challenging when you have no prior experience. This is why it is beneficial to work with a skilled attorney before making any legal decisions because they will be able to guide you through the process. When trying to recover damages in these types of cases, the injured victim typically needs to prove the following:
- The product contained the defect when it left the defendant's possession.
- The defendant manufactured, distributed, designed, or sold a defective product.
- The injuries suffered were a direct result of the defect.
- The injured victim used the product in a reasonably foreseeable manner.
Contact an Attorney
You may be owed compensation if you or someone you know has been injured due to a defective tire. Working with an attorney can help increase the chances of a successful case. Here at Amador Law Firm, we have the skill and experience you need on your side to get the compensation you deserve. Let us help you.
Contact us today at (956) 405-6220 or visit us online to schedule your free consultation with a member of our team.