There are several ways that a car accident can occur. Driving at excess speeds, while inebriated, when tired, or running red lights are all reasons that car accidents take place. These examples are only a small portion of the vast number of ways that car accidents occur. Since the United States has such high levels of traffic and so many drivers that continue to increase in number, the risk of being involved in a crash is significant.
It is estimated that in 2019 alone there were just under 230 million drivers that had a valid driver's license. The real number of drivers on the road, though, is much higher because there are people that will drive even when they do not have a qualified license. And while driver error is the most frequently cited reason for crashes happening in the United States, defects with respect to the vehicle itself can also cause accidents. Tires are one of the components of a car that if defective, can cause a vehicular accident to happen.
How Can Tires Cause Car Accidents?
Any product you buy has the potential to be defective. This is true even though it is the responsibility of the manufacturer of a product to ensure that when they release an item into the market for consumers to purchase, it should be safe. Yet every year there are hundreds of products that are put out for public consumption and then are recalled because they are harmful. In 2016, at a minimum, there were 401 injuries that were reported in the United States that were a result of issues with a consumer product.
Tires are no different. If a tire is defective in its design or in the way that it was manufactured, it can cause a great deal of harm to occupants in the car that has the defective tires. It can also be dangerous for other cars that could be affected by any type of tire failure while driving.
Tires that are defective can malfunction in a couple of ways including:
- Separation of the tire tread
- Separation of tread and steel belt
- Incorrect repairs to tires that have punctures causing them to be flat
As a result, when a tire breaks down while driving it can cause the driver to lose control of their vehicle which can send them colliding into other automobiles and pedestrians on or near them.
Goodyear, Michelin, and Bridgestone/Firestone are a sampling of the large tire manufacturers that have been subject to lawsuits because of issues with their products that caused great harm to the public. For example, Goodyear had to pay $16 million to a victim who suffered considerable injuries when they were involved in a crash where it was determined that the tires were defective and caused the incident.
Speak with a Jackson Car Accident Attorney Today
If you were in a Mississippi car accident, you can have your case evaluated by the Jackson car accident attorney at The Germany Law Firm, PLLC. It is important to determine liability and potentially, if your tires played a part in your accident, you may have a case to make against a tire manufacturer. To learn more, please call the Jackson personal injury attorney at The Germany Law Firm, PLLC today to schedule a free consultation at (601) 487-0555.