Roanoke Tire Defect Attorney
According to Statista, there were 3,267,735 registered vehicles in the state of Virginia in 2018, which means a lot of tires on the roads. While people frequently consider what safety features exist on a car when they purchase it, rarely do car owners give much thought to the safety aspects of their tires. From braking to steering, tires help with the performance and safety of a vehicle. If a tire is defective, it can cause a serious crash on the road. If you or a loved one has been injured in a traffic collision and believe your tires may have failed you, it is important to seek legal guidance from a skilled Roanoke tire defect attorney.
Tire Defects that Can Lead to a Crash
The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association states that tires usually last between 40,000 and 80,000 miles depending on the application and the vehicle size. If a tire has an issue well before it should reasonably be replaced, there may have been a defect such as:
- Thin tire wall;
- Tire tread separation;
- Uneven wear and tear;
- One tire wearing out before the others;
- Tire explosion;
- Tire blowouts;
- Belt separation;
- Missing components of the tire;
- Wrong tires for the type of vehicle;
- Incorrect installation; and
Proving Liability in a Tire Defect Case
Going up against big tires manufacturing companies such as Firestone, Goodyear, Dunlop Tire, Bridgestone, or others is no easy task. It requires proof that the tire was defective and furthermore, that the particular defect was what led to the crash and subsequent injuries. A skilled tire defect attorney will help investigate your tires to see if there were any missteps or errors made during the manufacturing process. We will also help you collect evidence of who else may have been responsible, as may be the case if the tires were improperly installed. If necessary, we will bring in a field expert to confirm that there is liability. The at-fault party will do everything in their power to avoid paying out for damages. An attorney can also help you compile an extensive list of the damages and advocate on your behalf. Compensation can cover the following:
- Medical expenses;
- Rehabilitation costs;
- Lost wages or future lost earning potential;
- Pain and suffering;
- Funeral and burial expenses; and
- Property damage.
Discuss Your Car Crash with a Roanoke Tire Defects Attorney
Car collisions are frequently discussed in terms of how the driver was negligent, such as distracted or drunk driving. However, some tragic accidents on the road occur because of manufacturing defects in the tires on the car. If you or your loved one has been seriously injured in a car collision, rollover, or other tire failure incident, you should seek legal counsel. The Roanoke tire defect attorneys at MichieHamlett know how to investigate the product that could be at fault for your injuries and how to hold the companies that manufacture those tires accountable for the damages sustained. Contact our offices today to schedule a free consultation.