Will Ferguson & Associates Accepting Defective Tire Cases
Transportation accidents caused by a defective tire can be catastrophic; the resulting product liability lawsuits have been known to return settlements and jury verdicts well into the millions of dollars. If you or your loved ones are suffering from injuries sustained in a car crash caused by a tire blowout or other malfunction, contact the law firm of Will Ferguson & Associates today. With two convenient locations spread across Albuquerque, we are the largest personal injury law firm in New Mexico, and we pride ourselves on our ability to handle complex, high stakes litigation like defective tire cases.
Common Conditions in Defective Tire Crashes
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that almost ten percent of motor vehicle crashes could be classified as “tire-related” crashes. Some of the most common tire defects/problems involved in tire-related transportation accidents is:
Tread Separation – Where the outer rubber tire casing loosens, rips or otherwise becomes disconnected from the other parts of the tire; often the result of a defectively designed or manufactured tire;
Blowout – Where a buildup of heat causes the tire to burst or explode; often caused by low air pressure that may be a symptom of a defectively designed or manufactured tire; and
Bald Tire – Worn down treading that increases the tire’s vulnerability to puncture and can make it difficult to maintain control of a vehicle, particularly in inclement weather; a common symptom of tire aging; but can suggest a potentially defective design or manufacturing defect, especially in newer cars.
Not surprisingly, these conditions can result in devastating injuries.
Common Injuries Resulting from Defect Tire Crashes
When a tire blows out on a vehicle traveling at high speeds, it not only poses a threat to the driver of, and passengers in, the car with the defective tire; it puts the lives of everyone else on the road at risk; from other vehicles to nearby pedestrians or cyclists. Some common injuries resulting from crashes in which a defective tire was an underlying cause are:
- Wrongful death;
- Spinal cord injuries resulting in paralysis, paraplegia, or quadriplegia;
- Severe and permanent traumatic brain injury; and
- Concussions, broken bones, internal bleeding, and lacerations.
The attorneys at Will Ferguson & Associates have the resources and experience necessary to secure a fair and just settlement or judgment that can cover the expenses faced by victims of accidents caused by defective tires. If you believe that a defective tire may have played a role in your car crash, resulting in injury to you or your loved ones, you need to contact the law firm of Will Ferguson & Associates for a free consultation today.
Perhaps one of the most well-known recalls occurred when in 2000, and 2001, Ford recalled 13 million vehicles and 6.5 million Firestone tires, respectively. The myriad of other recalls that have happened since then have received significantly less attention, but prove that defective tires continue to pose a significant threat to the public at large.
Here are some of the major tire recalls that you may have missed over the past few years:
- July 2017: Giti Tire recalls almost 400,000 Primewell Valera Touring II tires
- October 2016: Giti Tire recalls more than 250,000 Primewell Valera Touring II tires
- August 2015: BF Goodrich recalls more than 100,000 commercial light truck tires
- January 2015: Goodyear Tire recalls nearly 50,000 Foreta HL tires
- December 2014: Dynamic Tire recalls nearly 20,000 trailer tires
- November 2014: Toyo Tire recalls almost 200,000 Toyo and Nitto brand tires
- December 2013: Michelin recalls over a million light truck and SUV tires
- July 2012: Michelin recalls more than 800,000 BF Goodrich and Uniroyal tires
- June 2009: Bridgestone recalls more than 125,000 Firestone tires
- June 2009: Kumho Tire recalls nearly 40,000 Mohave A/T light truck tires
Cars, trucks, and SUVs aren’t the only vehicles that are at risk of a crash caused by defective tires. In May 2017, Dunlop recalled hundreds of motorcycle tires due to a defect that could lead to tread chunking.
Often, manufacturers and distributors will notify people who may still be using the recalled tires. While a manufacturer or distributor may announce these recalls without or before definitive proof of defect or injury, defective tire litigation does play a significant role in these large scale tire recalls.
If you have received a notice about a possible tire recall and you think it may have played a role in your car crash, call to speak with one of our experienced defective tire lawsuit attorneys today. The attorneys at Will Ferguson & Associates are prepared for any complication that might arise in the course of pursuing your defective tire crash case, a particularly common scenario in litigation involving defective tires.
The law governing defective tire cases
Product liability law governs defective tire cases. Defective tires can be caused by problems that occur during the making of the tire (known as “manufacturing defects”) or because the design of the tire was flawed at conception (“design defects”).
Strict liability laws govern product liability cases. What this means is that you do not need to prove that a defendant was negligent in causing the tire defect to be successful with your claim. In New Mexico, you only need to prove that there was an “unreasonable risk of injury” from the manner of its use. Nevertheless, you should not be lulled into a false sense of confidence that your case will be easy to prove. You will need to make the requisite showing that a tire was defectively designed or manufactured and show that the defect was a cause of your injuries. That can pose a significant hurdle, without even considering the other complications that may arise.
Why do you need an attorney?
In almost all cases, litigants represented by attorneys see better results than the unrepresented. Where catastrophic injuries and complicated legal issues are in play, as is the case with defective tire accidents, experienced legal representation and the appropriate experts is downright crucial.
Why choose Will Ferguson & Associates?
Most personal injury cases can be difficult to pursue without the guidance of a skilled attorney, and defective tire cases are no exception. Indeed, defective tire litigation is often even more complicated than other accident cases because of the technical expertise that may be required to prove your case (See, e.g., Kumho Tire v. Carmichael, 526 U.S. 137 ).
The attorneys at Will Ferguson & Associates have experience working on complicated personal injury cases and are comfortable pursuing litigation at any level of scientific or technical complexity. With top ratings from both our peers and our clients, you know you can trust the attorneys at Will Ferguson & Associates to be dedicated, vigilant, and professional.
Our firm accepts clients exclusively on a contingency basis which means that you don’t pay anything until you get the recovery you deserve. Call or go online to book a free consultation with Will Ferguson & Associates today and let us put our combined 150 plus years of experience to work for you.