Tire Tread Separation Failure Accidents
Tire failures are responsible for numerous injuries and deaths, primarily from tire tread separations and blowouts. Often these tire tread separation failures occur at highway speeds causing a sudden loss of control and resulting in catastrophic wrecks, rollover accidents and roof crush failures. Though most people think of of a tire failure as a blowout, often it is a result of a design or manufacturing defect in the tire itself. A tire tread separation or blowout is exacerbated by the high center-of-gravity vehicle designs which are found in many popular SUVs trucks and vans.
Willis Law Firm – Rollover & Tire Defect Law Firm
The Willis Law Firm has investigated hundreds of rollover accidents, many of these caused in part by a sudden tire tread separation failure. Our firm has a considerable background in tire litigation and has accumulated a wealth of information pertaining to tire failure defect cases. We have successfully handled tire litigation against nearly every major tire manufacturer, including tires made by Bridgestone, Firestone, Michelin, General Tire, Continental Tire, Cooper Tire, Kumho Tire, B.F. Goodrich, Uniroyal and Titan Tire.
Mr. Willis was awarded the prestigious Steven J. Sharp Public Service Award from the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA). This public service award was bestowed on Mr. Willis in recognition of his contribution toward a safer America by investigating and gathering evidence pertaining to Firestone tire belt separations, tire tread separations and vehicle rollovers involving the Ford Explorer.
Tire Failures & Rollovers
Tire tread separation with unexpected blowout can cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle. A blowout of the tire like a tire tread separation or rapid pressure decrease in the remaining core is often associated with a loss of tire tread and drastically increases a vehicle’s chance to roll over. When the vehicles rear tire suffers a blowout, controlling the vehicle becomes even more very difficult. This is especially true at highway speeds. This loss of directional stability results in the rear of vehicle swinging around to become perpendicular to the direction of travel (yawing). If the yawing is not immediately reversed in direction, then the sideways motion often leads to the bead of the tire separating from the rim, allowing the rim to dig into the pavement or surface of the road. As the rim digs into the pavement it propels the vehicle into a roll. Rollovers may also occur if the vehicle comes into contact with grass, dirt or other drastic surface changes while in sideways motion. Sideways movement of a vehicle against a curb, grass or dirt in the medium or shoulder will actually ‘trip’ the vehicle and launch it into a rollover. Tire failures leading to tire recalls and injury lawsuits nationwide against Cooper Tire, Firestone tires, General Tires, Bridgestone Tires, General Tires, Goodyear Tire, Titan Tire Company and others.
A tire tread separation failure or blowout on a SUV with a high center of gravity cab be a fatal combination. SUV, vans & trucks often are prone to rolling over with the sudden loss of inflation of a tire. When a tire failure – rollover occurs, the occupants are faced with injuries from roof crush, seat belt defects, excessive spool out form shoulder belt retractors, lack of rollover roof mounted rollover airbags, airbag deployments or airbag non deployments and door openings form detective door locks / latches. Many tire failure rollovers could be prevented with installation of electronic stability control (ESC).
Tire Tread Separations, Failures & Defects
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured, or a loved one has been killed, as the result of a tire failure, tread separation, tire blowout, rollover accident, or any other serious injury accident, then please call us to discuss your legal rights to a potential product liability lawsuit. Please fill out our online form by following the link below or Call Us Toll Free 1-800-883-9858.