Filling an Injury Claim To Recover Damages
If a defective tire causes a car accident, the victim(s) may be able to file a personal injury claim against one or more parties, which may include the tire manufacturer, the distributor, the person who repaired the tire, and/or the seller of the tire. Victims do not necessarily have to prove exactly who was responsible for the defect; they merely need to prove that the tire was defective and directly caused the accident. If the driver of a vehicle knew that they had a faulty or defective tire, they might be liable for damages as well.
If you’ve been involved in a car accident that was the result of a defective tire, contact an experienced Las Vegas personal injury lawyer who can help you file a lawsuit to recover damages, which can include medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
How Do Defective Tires Cause Accidents In Nevada?
Tires transfer the weight of a vehicle to the ground, providing traction and steering. Drivers rely on tires to safely control the vehicle at high speeds. When a tire is defective, the driver can lose control of the vehicle, causing an accident and serious injuries.
Some of the most common tire defects include tread separation and blowouts, which may be the result of manufacturing defects, design flaws, or the use of inferior materials for the creation or repair of the tire.
The tread is the part of the tire that contains patterns of grooves. Tread enables the tire to grip the road so that water can be expelled and the tire has better traction. If the tread separates from the body of the tire, the driver can lose control of the vehicle. Tread can separate in tires that were poorly designed, have manufacturing defects, were not cured properly, or were made with inferior products. Tread separation can also be the result of improper tire repair.
Blowouts occur when a tire ruptures while the vehicle is moving. The rubber loses its bond with the internal steel and fabric reinforcement, causing a rapid loss of air pressure or popping. Blowouts can be caused by defects in design, manufacturing flaws, or tread separation.
In some cases, blowouts are the result of a driver’s negligence or error, such as overloading a vehicle or driving with a tread that is under the legal limit. Blowouts can cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle, drive off the road, or crash into another vehicle.
In either of these situations, your Las Vegas car accident law firm can determine which party or parties may be liable for your injuries.
Who Is Responsible For a Defective Tire?
If a tire was defective when it was sold, victims do not necessarily have to prove who was responsible because the party who designed, manufactured, or sold the product is liable for injuries. In other cases, the person who repaired the tire may be liable, or the driver who knew their tire was defective may be responsible.
How Can I Prove the Defective Tire Caused the Accident?
Your Las Vegas personal injury attorney will build a case on your behalf to prove that:
- The defendant designed, manufactured, distributed, or sold a defective tire
- The product contained the defect when it was sold
- The plaintiff used the product in a reasonable manner
- The plaintiff suffered an injury or harm as a result of the defect
Expert testimony, among other types of evidence, is commonly used in these types of cases.
Can I File a Lawsuit If My Relative Was Killed Due To a Defective Tire?
If you’ve lost a loved one to a car accident that was determined to be caused by a defective tire, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit and hold the manufacturer responsible. Wrongful death lawsuits can seek compensation for material and non-material losses, which may include:
- Burial expenses
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of financial support that the deceased would have provided for their family if they had survived
- Loss of companionship, guidance, support, and affection
- Expenses for hiring someone to perform the responsibilities of the deceased person
Contact your Las Vegas car accident lawyer to discuss your situation, but don’t delay because Nevada recognizes a two year statute of limitations on wrongful death lawsuits.
What Should I Do If a Defective Tire Caused My Car Accident?
If you’ve been injured by a car accident from a defective tire, retain an experienced Las Vegas personal injury lawyer right away to build your case. An attorney will examine police reports, investigative reports, collect witness testimony to your accident, explore witness testimony regarding the tire defects, gather evidence and much more to help you obtain compensation for your medical bills and damages.
Discuss Your Case With an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer
Are you wondering what to do after a defective tire car accident in Nevada? Contact one of the experienced personal injury attorneys at Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC. We specialize in assisting victims of car and truck accidents to potentially obtain compensation for their losses and damages. Since 2004, we have settled over $215 million on behalf of our clients! Contact us today for a free, confidential case review.