The team at Brunkenhoefer, P.C. are proud to announce that we’ve secured a $33 million dollar verdict on behalf of a South Texas family that lost a loved one in a crash caused by a defective tire on a concrete truck.
The accident occurred on Highway 83 near Carrizo Springs in Dimmit County, Texas, on June 11, 2013. The tread on the front left tire of the truck separated, causing the vehicle to veer into oncoming traffic and then tip over, skidding down the road and crashing into a vehicle driven by Ramiro Munoz, Jr.
The tire was a 385/65R22.5 Goodyear G286A “Super Single” heavy truck tire that was manufactured in the company’s Danville, VA plant. The plaintiff’s argued that misalignment of the steel belts and lack of adhesion led to the catastrophic separation of the tire during travel. These defects were likely caused by plant conditions that included roof and pipe leaks that were reported and corroborated by several plant employees.
The plaintiff’s attorneys also contended that the manufacturer, Goodyear:
- Utilized over-aged rubber stock in the creation of the tire
- Did not run the tires through x-ray to identify defects
- Did not set aside enough time to properly inspect the tire before sale
Goodyear, in turn, argued that the crash was caused by faulty maintenance by D.G.J. Transport, Inc, the carrier that owned the truck. They showed evidence of “out of service” violations in the past and that the truck was legally overweight by 2,000 lbs. and 5,000 lbs. over the gross vehicle weight (GVW).
The jury deliberated for only three hours before delivering a unanimous verdict on behalf of the plaintiff, holding both Goodyear and D.J.G. Transport, Inc. liable for the accident. They assigned 90% fault to Goodyear and the defective tire, and 10% to D.J.G Transport, Inc. and it’s driver.
Lead trial attorney R. Blake Brunkenhoefer says of the verdict: “On behalf of everyone who helped make this possible, including my talented colleagues John Gsanger and Judge Francisco Ponce, we are honored that the Munoz family chose us to take up their cause, and we are pleased to see that justice was served in this case. It is our hope that Goodyear will change its production practices at the Danville, VA plant and across the country, to ensure that this never happens again. The jury certainly did its part to send Goodyear a message. Time will tell if Goodyear heard them.”
Read the entire press release here for more details on this case.