Tire blowouts occur when the tire of a car explodes or detaches from the car. This type of situation can present many risks and dangers for others on the road. Tire blowout injuries can occur in connection with situations involving:
- Direct injury from contact with the tire or tire debris
- Automobile crashes resulting from running over the tire debris
- Crashes resulting from an attempt to swerve away from and avoid the tire
- Accidents where the driver of the car with the tire blowout loses control
Thus, tire blowout situations can be very dangerous, especially if they occur at high speeds, in crowded traffic, or in dangerous driving conditions (such as rain/snow, downhill roads, icy roads, and other situations). Tire blowouts are a common cause of accidents involving tractor trailer crashes.
Injuries resulting from a tire blowout crash can be serious, and may involve head and neck injuries, spine injuries, and other types of injuries.
Who can be Held Liable for a Tire Blowout?
In many cases, tire blowouts can be accidental; however, in many cases, some parties can be held liable for injuries or property damage caused by a tire blowout. For instance, if the owner of a car knows that their tires need replacing or repair, but still continue to drive in that condition, they might be held liable for a resulting accident.
Similarly, if a commercial truck driver knew or should have known that their truck’s tires needed replacing, yet continued to drive, they also might be held liable for negligence. In some cases, a trucking company can also be held liable if it fails to train their drivers properly regarding tire repairs and replacements.
Lastly, some tire blowouts can be caused by a defect with the tire. For instance, if the manufacturer used materials that were defective, causing the tire to be weaker, it can be held liable for an injury resulting from a blowout from the defect.
What are the Legal Remedies for a Tire Blowout Claim?
Tire blowout cases can involve serious injuries and major property damage, and may result in legal action. The legal remedy in such a case is usually a monetary damages award, which is issued to the non-liable party. The damages may cover expenses like medical costs, hospital bills, property repairs, lost wages, loss of future income, and other costs. In some cases, multiple plaintiffs can be involved in several parties were injured by the same cause.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with a Tire Blowout Lawsuit?
Car accident lawsuits can be complex and may require the assistance of an attorney. You may need to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need help with a legal claim. Your attorney can provide you with representation and can provide guidance during the process.