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Tire Tread Separation

Have You or a Loved One Been Injured by Tire Tread Separation?

Many of us worry about the safety ratings of our vehicles to protect those riding inside them. However, many of us don’t think about the part of our car that actually connects us to the road. Our tires are a very important aspect in keeping us safe on the roads. Unfortunately, tires much like the cars that utilize them can also malfunction. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of tire tread separation, you may be entitled to compensation. Feel free to contact our experienced Nashville tire tread separation attorneys at The Higgins Firm .

If Tire Failure Caused Your Accident, Take These Steps

If you were injured in a tire tread separation accident, or any collision that may have been the result of a defective tire, we recommend taking the following steps.

Preserve the Car - The insurance company may want to take the car and destroy it as quickly as possible. If your vehicle was towed away, find out where it is being held, call the facility or yard, and tell them they cannot destroy. Rather, ask them to hold it until you tell them otherwise.

Ask a Survey Team to Visit the Scene - In general, this step is taken by a lawyer, but you can do it on your own. A photographer or survey team will be sent to the scene of the accident. They will document the location of the vehicles, the tire tread, the surroundings, and any other important elements of the collision. This survey can offer valuable information and paint a clear picture about what happened.

Document and Preserve the Tire Tread - Your survey team should ensure the location of the tire tread is well documented. If possible, it should also be preserved. A tire tread lawyer in Tennessee will almost certainly need this. Know the Time Limits - In Tennessee, there are very strict time limits that dictate how long you have to file a claim. This statute of repose also establishes how long after the tires were made that you can file a claim. In other words, there may be two different statutes to adhere to.

Call The Higgins Firm - Our defective tire tread separation lawyers are ready to review your case and help you to understand if you have a valid claim. Rest assured, we will assess all elements of your case, including that which is listed above. We handle complex cases of all kinds. Count on The Higgins Firm to help you.

Tire Tread Separation Can Be Deadly

Defective tires cause thousands of accidents every year on the roadways. These accidents often can result in serious injuries or even death to those involved. Specifically, over 8,000 traffic accidents every year result in serious injury or death according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. There are a number of ways in which a vehicle’s tire may fail including uneven tread wear because of over inflation or under inflation, road hazards, or even defects in the design or manufacturing process. Tire tread separation typically occurs from design or manufacturing defects.

Defects Causing Tire Tread Separation

One of the most common failures of steel belted radial tires is tread separation. There is a specific process for making a steel belted tire. When making the tire, the base of the tire is built first. Steel belts are then placed into the tire, and then the tread is applied to the tire. Tread separation typically results from defects in the manufacturing process. Manufacturers may end up using rubber that is too old or dry. There may be missed warning signs that go unnoticed in the inspection periods. The manufacturer may end up curing moisture into the tire. Each of these defects can result in contamination. The contamination often cause problems with the rubber not being able to properly bond or adhere to the steel belts. Typically, tread separation occurs years later when the vehicle is being driven at high speeds.

Tire Blowout as a Result of Tread Separation

Whenever radial tires lose tread, dangerous tire blowouts can quickly occur. A sudden loss of pressure in a tire can cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle. In losing control, the vehicle can turn sideways causing the tire to separate from the rim. Once the tire and rim has separated, the metal rim can even dig into the surface sending the car into a possible roll. Tire blowouts as a result of tread separation can cause severe injuries to those inside a vehicle or others on the road.

The Higgins Firm in Nashville can Help You After an Accident Resulting From Tire Tread Separation

If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of tire tread separation, you may need the help of one of our experienced Nashville tire tread separation accident attorneys. We are happy to answer any questions that you may have. We encourage you to contact our office as soon as possible. We want to help you receive the compensation that you deserve.

Contact us online or call us at 800.705.2121 to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your legal options.

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