Auto accidents can result in devastating damages, including physical injuries, emotional trauma, and financial losses. Depending on who or what causes a car accident, victims may be entitled to compensation for their losses.
While many are quick to point fingers at drivers for causing a car crash, defective auto parts can also contribute to collisions. Victims of car accidents involving defective tires can work with Houston, TX attorney Shane R. Kadlec to seek compensation for the maximum extent of their losses.
How Common Are Defective Tires?
According to accident data collected by the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHSTA), there is an average of nearly six million car accidents in the United States each year.
In a study that examined a weighted sample of car crashes over a two-year period, the NHSTA reported that an estimated 2 percent of these accidents were caused by some type of problem with one of the involved vehicles.
Within this 2 percent of car crashes, data collected by the NHSTA showed that 35 percent were caused by tire problems. This might seem like an insignificant number, but if this sample is a true representation of the yearly car accidents in the United States, then we can assume that around 40,000 car accidents each year are caused by tire problems, or defective tires.
Examples of Tire Defects
There are various types of tire defects that can contribute to an accident. All have the potential to cause a loss of vehicular control, especially if the vehicle is traveling at high speeds.
Some of the most common types of tire defects include:
- Separation of the tread from the tire
- Tires beyond their expiration date (these tires often appear to be in good shape despite being aged)
- Retread failure
- Tires that are unsuitable for the vehicle
- Inadequate puncture or tire repair
- Improper inflation
- Tire damage caused during the installation process
Who Is Liable for Defective Tires?
If a driver suspects that an accident was caused by defective tires, it is important to contact an experienced attorney, such as Shane R. Kadlec. Mr. Kadlec will work with experts in the field to determine if a tire defect contributed to the accident.
If defective tires are to blame for the collision, accident victims may be able to seek compensation for accident losses. Depending on the exact cause of each accident, liable parties in a defective tire collision may include:
- Tire manufacturer
- Tire distributor
- Tire retailer
Mr. Kadlec will use evidence, including expert testimony, to establish liability so that his clients can be justly compensated for their losses. Potential areas of loss in a defective tire accident include medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you’ve suffered injuries related to a car accident involving defective tires, you may be due compensation for your losses. Contact us at your earliest convenience to discuss the details of your case and learn more about your legal options with attorney Shane R. Kadlec. You can reach our practice by calling (281) 643-2000.