You upkeep your car, maintain it properly, and expect that everything will run smoothly when you are behind the wheel. However, defects in the design and manufacture of vehicle tires can cause massive accidents that you have no way to defend against or prepare for when on the road. If you or a loved one was involved in an accident because your tire detread on the road or blew out unexpectedly, the tire manufacturers may be liable under products liability for the injuries caused. At DC Law, our attorneys have years of experience protecting our clients when they have been injured by defective products and hold the manufacturers responsible for the harm they have caused.
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What are Tire Detread and Other Defects?
Tires are built in layers, and the outermost layer is called the tread. Tire detread, otherwise known as tread separation, occurs when the outermost layer suddenly separates from the rest of the tire, causing rapid decompression in air pressure, leading to blowouts and ruptures while on the road. Other tire defects occur for a number of reasons. Design defects occur when deciding how the tire should be made, which can include deficient skim stock or a lack of nylon overlays on the vehicle. Manufacturing defects can occur during the actual creation of the tire on the factory line when it is not produced according to specifications.
Injuries Caused by Tire Detread & Defects
When a tire detreads or other defects cause a blowout, the results for the victims in the vehicle can be devastating. For vehicles traveling on interstates and at a high rate of speed, the driver can lose control of the vehicle and crash. Blowouts also lead to rollover accidents that can cause permanent and life-altering injuries. The most common injuries seen in tire detreading accidents include head and neck injuries, traumatic brain injury, bulging or herniated discs, broken bones, lacerations and burns, disfigurement, internal organ damage, nerve damage, paralysis, and death.
Compensation for Tire Detread & Defect Cases
Tire detread and other defects fall under products liability law in Texas, which means that they are strict liability cases. The victim does not need to prove that the manufacturers or designers were negligent per se, only that the defect caused the injuries to the victim. Compensation for these injuries includes reimbursement for property damage, current and future medical bills, lost wages, and lost future income and benefits. It also includes compensation for emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, disfigurement, disability, and pain and suffering. In the most severe accidents, where a tire detread or defect leads to the loss of life, the loved ones of the victim can also seek additional compensation for wrongful death.