The instantaneous deflation or “blowout” of a car tire often has catastrophic results, and it occurs more often than many would believe. A recent report by Michelin estimated that over 500 deaths and about 23,000 accidents each year are caused by tire blowouts across the country.
Even though many Alabama drivers will log thousands of miles without so much as an air leak, tire blowouts can and do occur quite frequently. While not all tire failures will result in a serious collision, the sudden failure of a tire can cause a vehicle to lose control and either roll over or collide with other cars sharing the road.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident caused by a tire blowout due to no fault of your own, you may be entitled to file a claim to pursue compensation for your losses. You may be eligible to receive compensation for current and future medical bills, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages related to the accident.
To begin exploring your legal options, we encourage you to contact our attorneys today by completing the Free Case Review form.
Causes Of Tire Blowouts
Issues with tires can pose a serious hazard to Alabama motorists. While most vehicle owners make sure that they change their vehicle’s oil frequently, very few spend much time considering their tires.
Oftentimes, a tire blowout is caused by user error, including:
- Low pressure
- Hitting a curb
- Using a tire beyond its rated life
They can also be caused through defects in design or manufacturer errors. If any of these common causes of tire blowouts resulted in an accident in which you suffered injuries or property damage, you urge you to seek legal counsel as soon as possible.
Alabama has a strict statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim, and failing to do so within a reasonable amount of time could significantly hinder your ability to recover fair compensation for your losses.
Tire Tread Separation
The separation of a tire’s tread can be linked to any number of defects or errors in the manufacturing process. Regardless of the cause, tire tread separation can result in serious injuries from a blowout accident. Tragically, when a tire suddenly detreads under high speed, the results are often fatal.
The most common reason for tire tread separation is the failure of metal belt material to bond with rubber in the tire. The metal is typically plated with brass which is then bonded with a rubber compound containing sulfur. If the chemical composition of the sulfur and other materials is not optimum, or if the brass coating oxides, the components will not completely adhere.
Other errors in the tread bonding process can result in separation, too. These errors include:
- Materials contaminated with rust, moisture, oxidation, grease, sawdust, gum wrappers or cigarette butts.
- The use of outdated bonding ingredients.
- Sub-optimal temperatures
- Improperly sized parts
No matter what the cause, tread separation resulting from the negligence of the manufacturer can be catastrophic if it causes an Alabama auto accident. At the Citrin Law Firm, our attorneys have experience representing all tire defect scenarios, including tire failure, tire defects, tread separation and tire blowouts. Contact our firm today by completing the Free Case Review form if you believe that you may have cause to file a claim.
Contact A Knowledgeable Tire Blowout Accident Lawyer Today
At the Citrin Law Firm, we offer free legal consultations to Mobile accident victims. During your consultation, a member of our legal team will review the details of your claim and recommend the best course of action for you to pursue maximum compensation for your losses.
To make sure that our clients are able to afford proper representation in their pursuit for justice, our personal injury law firm operates on a contingency fee basis. This means that if you choose to hire our attorneys, there is never any cost to you until we are able to successfully obtain a favorable outcome for your claim. If we fail to do this, you do not owe us any fees.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to Alabama tire blowout accident victims and their families or to schedule a confidential, no-obligation case evaluation with one of our lawyers, contact the Citrin Law Firm today by completing our Free Case Review form.