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Brunkenhoefer, P.C. Secures $33M Verdict on in Defective Truck Tire Case

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.

 

 


Support Timon’s Ministries during the Coastal Bend Day of Giving

Support Timon’s Ministries during the Coastal Bend Day of Giving

Brunkenhoefer, P.C. Injury Attorneys supports Timon’s Ministries, a 501c3 nonprofit providing medical care, dental care, and daily meals to unemployed families from Flour Bluff, Texas. They provide for those in need of help so they can regain employment in the community.

Robert has served as a member of the governing board at the ministry since 2012. In that capacity, he has been material in securing support for its fundraising efforts, through direct donations and in participating in the event itself.

Timons is one of the only free dental health care providers for the unemployed in the city. Robert believes this jewel on the heart of the city provide a necessary service to help those down on their luck.

Please consider donating on November 14, 2017 to the Coastal Bend Day of Giving annual fundraiser, and designate Timons as your charity of choice.

For more about this fine outfit go to timonsministries.com. You will be lighter-hearted from the effort.


Reasons To Visit A Doctor Within 72 Hours Of A Car Accident

Reasons To Visit A Doctor Within 72 Hours Of A Car Accident

One of the biggest mistakes you can make after suffering a car accident is to fail to see a doctor soon enough. Every Corpus Christi car accident lawyer will advise their clients to quickly get in to see a doctor following a car accident. There are good reasons to heed their advice.
Increase Your Financial Compensation.

When you have experienced physical harm because of another driver’s negligence or fault, you will receive compensation that helps you to replace or repair your vehicle and to cover your medical costs. Without the report from a company doctor, your compensation amount will be decreased. It is imperative that you visit a doctor within 72 hours of the accident.

Reduce The Potential for Untreated Health Risks

Many people walk away from a car accident thinking that they’ll just walk off their aches and pains, without realizing that serious harm may have been done. Some of the trauma experienced by your organs and skeleton could have lasting health effects. Without the quick medical screening recommended by your attorney, those hidden injuries will be ignored until they become severe.

Prevent Increased Problems from Minor Injuries

Treating a minor injury will be less expensive than waiting until it develops into a more serious problem down the road. If you are experiencing pain from the accident, then immediate treatment from your doctor will not only be effective in controlling your pain, but will also prevent a minor injury from becoming a major problem in the future. In addition, medical records provided by your doctor will provide your lawyer with evidence that will be needed to prove your injuries to a judge or jury.

Even if you don’t have health insurance, you are entitled to be seen by a health professional. It is crucial to your continued health and any potential legal case you may have that you receive prompt attention from a doctor. Within 72 hours of a car accident, visit both a doctor and a Corpus Christi car accident lawyer to ensure your injuries are treated and your legal rights are protected.

Call (800) 888-8808 to discuss your case with an experienced lawyer at Brunkenhoefer | Turman. We have over 37 years experience representing injury victims in southern Texas, including: Corpus Christi, Alice, Kingsville, San Antonio, Robistown, Portland, Kenedy, Three Rivers, Karns City, Quero, George West, Oakville, Whitsett, Peggy, Port Aransas, Rockport, Victoria, McAllen, Refugio, as well as throughout Bexar County, Cameron County, Nueces County, and Webb County.


Motor Vehicle Crashes Remain The Leading Cause Of Death In Children

Motor Vehicle Crashes Remain The Leading Cause Of Death In Children

“Every hour, nearly 150 children between the ages of 0 and 19 are treated in emergency departments for injuries sustained in motor vehicle crashes. More children ages 5-19 die from crash-related injuries than from any other type of injury.”

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

As personal injury attorneys, we see many car accident cases. Without a doubt, some of the most tragic are the ones involving children. A recent report put some sobering numbers on the state of child motor vehicle safety and what parents can do about it.

Based on a 2011 NHTSA report (the most recent data available), nearly 2 children under 13 were killed and 338 injured per day while riding in motor vehicles. While the law in Texas mandates minimum safety requirements, many organizations concerned with child safety such as the NHTSA, the Texas DPS and the American Academy of Pediatrics all recommend taking further steps to ensure the safety of your children.

Currently, under Texas law, all drivers and passengers are required to be properly wearing their safety belt, in both the front seat and the back seat. Children under 8 are required to be in a child safety seat or booster seat installed and operated following manufacturer instructions. Failure to follow the law is a misdemeanor, and can currently result in a fine of up to $250. However, The NHTSA recommends you observe the following additional safety tips in regard to safety seats:

  • Make sure your child is in the right seat for his or her age and size.
  • 14% of 1-3 year olds are put in booster seats or seat belts too soon.
  • 25% of 4-7 year olds are put in seat belts too soon.
  • Be sure to read and follow the instructions and labels that come with your child’s seat and read the manual for important information on installing the seat in your particular vehicle;
  • Go to a local car seat inspection station to have your seat checked by a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. (Currently, there is one right here in Corpus Christi. )
  • Use the Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) restraint system or seat belt to install your car seat and use the top tether to secure forward-facing car seats.
  • Stay informed about recalls of child safety equipment. Register your car seat and booster seat at SaferCar.gov.

  • Set a good example for your children by always wearing your own seat belt.
  • Children are our most precious cargo. We should do everything we can to protect them. While we pray that you never are involved in an accident where your child is injured, if the worst should happen, we can help.

No Obligation Consultation With A Corpus Christi Car Accident Lawyer

Call us now 24/7 for a free consultation, to discuss your personal situation and your legal options. Put our 37 years of experience to work for you. The experienced trial lawyers at the Brunkenhoefer Law Firm know what it takes to get you justice, and get you and your family through a severe car accident injury. Contact an experienced Corpus Christi car accident lawyer at (361) 888-8808 today.


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Brunkenhoefer, P.C. Injury Attorneys
500 N Shoreline Blvd #1100
Corpus Christi, Tx 78401
(361) 888-8808