Corpus Christi Tire Defect Lawyers
Tires are among the most critical components of an automobile when it comes to safety. Well-made tires help support the weight of a vehicle and improve performance when steering, braking, and accelerating. Unfortunately, some tire manufacturers use cheap materials and faulty designs to cut costs, thereby putting profits above safety. When a tire blows out or shreds because of a defect, it can cause the driver to lose control of their vehicle. Thousands of road accidents throughout the United States each year are attributed to defective tires.
Often, accidents caused by defective tires have devastating consequences, causing severe injuries to drivers and passengers. If tires fail while a vehicle is operating particularly at high speed, a rollover accident may occur. Rollover accidents have a high rate of death due to the severe spinal cord and head injuries that can result. Other injuries due to defective tires and tire failure can include:
- Broken bones
- Internal organ damage
- Loss of limbs
- Vision loss
If you or a loved one were injured in an accident caused by a defective tire, you could be entitled to financial compensation. The Corpus Christi product liability lawyers at Brunkenhoefer, P.C. Injury Attorneys can help you obtain the full and fair compensation that you deserve. Call us today at (361) 888-8808 to schedule a free and confidential consultation.
Do I Need a Tire Defect Lawyer?
A defective tire case must establish that the tire was flawed, the tire caused an accident, and you suffered injuries that caused damages. All of these factors are critical when determining whether you have a viable product liability claim. An experienced Corpus Christi attorney has the resources, knowledge, and skills necessary to thoroughly investigate the accident and determine whether it was caused by a defective tire.
A lawyer can also determine whether your tires were defective and thus may have been subject to a recall. If the tires were defective, an attorney can pursue the manufacturer of the tires – or another potentially liable party – to help you recover the money damages to which you are entitled.
If you decide to pursue legal action against the tire manufacturer or another at-fault party, you may be able to recover various types of economic and noneconomic damages, including:
- Past and future medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Vehicle damage
With personal attention, Brunkenhoefer, P.C. Injury Attorneys will work unceasingly to get you the compensation you need to move forward from the accident. Contact a tire defect lawyer at our firm today for a free, no-obligation evaluation of your accident.
Why Choose Brunkenhoefer, P.C. Injury Attorneys To Handle My Case?
If you have been injured because of a defective tire, you will greatly benefit from legal representation. Being injured in an accident due to a defective tire can affect many aspects of your life. In addition to post-accident physical challenges, you may experience financial stress due to expensive medical bills, lost wages, or costly property damage. At Brunkenhoefer, P.C. Injury Attorneys, our dedicated and aggressive tire defect lawyers believe that you should not have to suffer because of the negligence of a tire manufacturer.
The attorneys at Brunkenhoefer, P.C. Injury Attorneys have been helping clients injured in accidents due to defective products since 1992. From our extensive experience, we know every tactic that manufacturers and other entities in the stream of commerce, as well as insurance companies and defense attorneys, will try to use against you. We are prepared to aggressively counter those arguments.
If a full and fair settlement seems out of reach, our highly skilled trial attorneys are never afraid to take your case to court when necessary. We always fight relentlessly to achieve the best possible results for our clients.
If you have been injured as a result of a tire defect, you will want to select a law firm that is knowledgeable in all aspects of tire defect litigation, can properly evaluate your specific claim, and knows how to obtain favorable results for clients in these cases.
Proving that a tire is faulty can be complicated and highly technical. Our experienced Corpus Christi tire defect lawyers can help you identify all the signs of defective tires so you can pursue your injury claim with full confidence in the outcome.
Types of Tire Defect Cases We Handle
At Brunkenhoefer, P.C. Injury Attorneys, we handle product liability cases involving many types of tire defect issues, including:
- Tread separation: Tread separation happens when a tire’s belts rip apart from each other. This causes the tread to detach from the tire body while the vehicle is in motion. Insufficient tire bonding and other manufacturing and design defects often cause tread separation.
- Sidewall zipper failure: This type of defect refers to the explosion of a tire’s sidewall, often during the inflation of the tire, which can lead to a catastrophic accident. The failure gets its name from the zipper pattern usually seen after the damage has occurred.
- Bead fracture: When bead wire is of inadequate strength, the tire can explode when overinflated. Tires that are in service for a long period can be overfilled even when filled in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines.
- Multi-piece failure: While the majority of tires today are made with single-piece wheels, multi-piece wheels are still used. Multi-piece wheels have metal components that rely on the tire’s air pressure to force them together. This type of construction has the potential for danger during mounting, repair, and when the vehicle is in motion.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Tire Defect Cases
At Brunkenhoefer, P.C. Injury Attorneys, we get a lot of questions from clients regarding defective tires. Below are some of the most commonly asked questions. If you have any questions about your particular case, don’t hesitate to reach out to our knowledgeable Corpus Christi product liability lawyers by calling (361) 888-8808.
What are the most common types of tire defects?
Common types of tire defects include:
- Manufacturing defect
- Tread separation
- Retread failure
- Lack of specified components
- Adhesion issues
- Tire not suitable for the type of vehicle
- Tread and steel belt separation
- Incorrect puncture repair
- Sudden loss of inflation pressure
- Broken cords
- Traction failure
- The tire is damaged during the mounting process
If your tire has one of the defects listed above, it often results in a blowout. Defects typically occur in the manufacturing or design phases. Any party including the seller, however, who is involved in the chain of distribution can be potentially held liable for selling a defective tire under product liability laws.
What causes tread separation?
Tires are made to sustain a certain amount of wear and tear. However, if the tires were poorly manufactured or designed, the tires are at risk of tread separation, which is especially common with semi-trucks. Tread separation can cause truck drivers to lose control of their vehicle, which can cause a catastrophic accident. Tread separation has many causes, including:
- Mistakes in design or manufacturing
- Ineffective repairs
- Excessive tire wear
- Neglected maintenance
- Lack of warnings to remove old tires from service
Tread separation is often preventable. Unfortunately, many truck drivers and truck companies do not always spend the necessary time and resources to ensure that their trucks are safe to drive. Unfortunately, this negligence can lead to harmful, or even deadly, accidents.
What should I do if I have been involved in an accident caused by a tire defect or tire failure?
If you have been in an accident caused by a tire defect and plan to pursue a lawsuit, you should consider the following:
- Keep the tire, tire tread, and tire rim as this will be important evidence.
- Hold on to your vehicle. Don’t repair or sell it.
- Identify all witnesses and collect their contact information.
- Take plenty of photos to document the scene of the accident.
- Seek medical care and have a physician document your injuries.
If you fail to take the steps above in a timely manner, it may hurt your chances of recovering compensation. The Corpus Christi product liability lawyers at Brunkenhoefer, P.C. Injury Attorneys have extensive experience in investigating and litigating complex tire defect claims.
Can a party other than the tire manufacturer be held liable?
Yes, it is certainly possible that parties other than – or in addition to – the tire manufacturer can be held liable for your accident. When you contact Brunkenhoefer, P.C. Injury Attorneys, our defective tire attorneys identify all parties that might be liable for your crash. Parties that may be liable in other than the tire manufacturer include:
- Parts manufacturer
- Tire seller
- Tire installer
- Tire repair company
Contact a Corpus Christi Tire Defect Attorney Today
Getting injured in an accident caused by a defective tire can have a major impact on your life and that of your family. Medical bills, medication costs, and physical therapy charges an add up quickly. These costs may quickly become overwhelming, especially if you unable to work during your recovery. Fortunately, there are legal options for those who are injured in accidents caused by someone else’s negligence.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective tire in Texas, you may be entitled to financial compensation. At Brunkenhoefer, P.C. Injury Attorneys, our Corpus Christi tire defect attorneys can fight to get you the compensation you need to cover the costs of your injury. Call us today at (361) 888-8808 to set up an appointment with a skilled and experienced legal professional about how we can help you. We handle product liability cases on a contingency basis, which means there are no upfront fees. You don’t have to pay us anything unless we secure a legal victory for you.