Tire failures resulting in blowouts, tread separations, belt separations and sudden loss of tire pressure drastically increases a vehicle’s chance of experiencing a rollover. The comparatively higher center of gravity of SUVs and other top-heavy trucks and cars make them far more vulnerable to this type of accident.
Severity of Vehicle Rollovers
Whether they happen to a car, truck, van or SUV, rollover crashes are often the most dangerous of crashes because they exert a tremendous amount of force on both the occupants and the vehicle. Drivers and passengers have a much higher risk of being seriously or catastrophically injured in these accidents, as opposed to a side or rear crash. Tens of thousands of people are injured or killed in rollover accidents annually – and that’s just in the United States.
Defective Product Lawsuits
Many tire defects and tire tread separation failures can cause a car, truck, van or SUV to lose control and roll over, and the danger is compounded at highway speeds. Serious injuries and deaths resulting from these rollover accidents are the basis for many tire failure lawsuits against the manufacturers responsible. The design and placement of certain belts, safety plies and overlying treads make up the leading causes of tread separations, and the companies behind them have known about these flaws for a while. Poor adhesion of tire components during the manufacturing process can also be the origin point of the problem, though it’s not as common.
In a tire failure accident, an occupant can be severely injured from one or more of the following consequences:
- Roof crush
- Roof collapse
- Failed door latches
- Defective door locks
- Seatbelt defects
- Buckle malfunctions
- Seatback failures
- Non-deployment of defective airbags
Personal Injury Law
Confidentiality agreements prevent our law firm from listing the specific cases we have handled over the past 30 years. Certain details and settlement amounts, or awards, cannot be disclosed. However, you will find a few examples of cases we have handled below, and the wide range of injuries sustained from various types of tire failure that we have experience representing:
- Tire Inflator Used to Fix a Flat Causes Tire Explosion
- Tire Tread Separation and Truck Rollover
- Tractor Tire Bead Failure and Explosion
Tire Failure Litigation
If you or a loved one have suffered a serious injury as a direct result of a defective or damaged Cooper tire, Willis Law Firm is here to help you through the litigation process. All of our services, which include gathering evidence, inspections and assistance filing and defending your case, come backed by 30 years of experience, a Steven J. Sharp Award and Martindale-Hubble recognition. You’re in good hands. Schedule your consultation with us today by sending us an email or calling us toll-free at 1-800-883-9858.