September 15, 2017 · FLEMING | NOLEN | JEZ, L.L.P.
Tires are an essential component of any vehicle, which means that defects made during the design or manufacturing phase, as well as negligence in maintenance, can lead to devastating blowouts, explosions, and wrecks. Should a defective or poorly maintained tire be fitted on a commercial truck, the consequences can prove fatal.
At Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P., our legal team has experience handling serious injury cases nationwide involving truck accidents and defective products. We understand the obligations of product manufacturers and trucking companies, as well as the risks they pose when they are negligent. When handling trucking accident cases that involve tire blowouts, we investigate all circumstances surrounding the wreck to determine who can be held liable for victims’ damages. Depending on the facts of a case, these at-fault parties may include:
- Trucking Operators – Trucking operators ultimately have the legal responsibility of ensuring their vehicles are safe to travel on public roads and highways. They must also comply with numerous safety regulations that require them to routinely inspect their vehicles, including tires, and to address any potential hazards. When trucking companies fail to fix tires that show signs of weaknesses, including aging tires, separated tread, and other dangers, they increase risks of tire blowouts, which can lead to horrific accidents.
- Third Party Maintenance Companies – While many trucking companies maintain their own fleet, some contract that work out to third party maintenance companies. These companies are tasked with ensuring the safety of vehicles and making any necessary repairs. Should they install unsafe tires or fail to address potential hazards inherent to tires, they can potentially be held liable for resulting blowouts and wrecks.
- Manufacturers – Even when trucking companies and maintenance crews take steps to inspect tires and make any needed changes, they may not be able to spot inherent defects in the design or construction of a tire. When tires are defectively designed, or when they are manufactured with poor quality materials, poor craftsmanship, or poor quality control, they can pose risks for blowouts and explosions. Fortunately, victims injured as a result of defective products have a right to seek a recovery of their damages by pursuing product liability claims against the manufacturer.
Personal injury and wrongful death claims arising from preventable accidents are centered on negligence. In the context of wrecks caused by exploding tires, thorough investigations are critical to determining when and how that negligence occurred – be it the result of a trucking company or maintenance contractor that failed to address visible hazards, or manufacturers that designed or produced defective tires.
When negligence is established, our legal team leverages over 170 years of combined experience to ensure the at-fault party is held accountable for its failures, and liable for the damages suffered by victims harmed in wrecks they caused. This includes compensation for damages that include medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages, among others. Over the years, our firm has been successful in securing more than $4 billion for our clients, including those harmed in trucking wrecks.
To discuss a potential case with a member of our team during a FREE consultation, call (713) 621-7944.