The tires on your car are one of its most important features — it’s what is between you and the road. However, tire defects are common and can cause serious car accidents and critical injuries. Here’s what you need to know about defective tires.
Tire Defects Defined
Simply put, a tire defect is an imperfection in the design or manufacture of the tire that causes it to malfunction during its performance on the road.
Types of Tire Defects
Tire defects can generally be sorted into the following categories:
- Design defects. When a new tire is designed by a tire company, a defect can occur if the design does not take into account what the tire will do during its lifetime. Failure to design a tire properly can lead to blowouts, tread separation, and other problems.
- Manufacturing defects. If the design of a tire is acceptable, but the assembly of the tire does not occur properly, this is what is known as a manufacturing defect. If a mistake is made during the manufacture of a tire, the same type of problems can occur.
- Failure to warn. Tires must come with proper warnings. If a consumer is not adequately informed about safety information and an accident occurs, the tire may be treated as a defective product.
Tire Defect Liability
When a crash occurs, it must be determined that the tire defect caused the crash in order for the tire company to be held legally liable for the accident. This is not an easy task, especially if there were other factors at play, such as another driver who was acting negligently at the time of the accident. However, if it can be determined that a design flaw or manufacturing defect caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle, the driver may have the right to bring a case forward against the tire company.
Contact an Attorney as Soon as Possible
If you’ve been in a car accident that you suspect may have been caused by a defective tire, it’s important to contact an attorney. There are several avenues to recover damages including but not limited to a liability suit, and an experienced car accident lawyer can help you determine the best way to obtain maximum compensation for your case. Contact the Law Offices of Donald J. Matson today for more information by calling (626) 792-1900 or (626) 773-6965.