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Recognizing Defective Tires (Not Just Old Tires)

by Fidel Rodriguez, Jr.

A Texas family was recently awarded $32 million by a jury that concluded that Domino's pizza shared responsibility for a car crash that killed a woman and caused permanent traumatic brain injury to her husband. In August 2012, a Domino's delivery driver lost control of his car while delivering a pizza and hit the car of Ruth and Devaram Christopher. The crash was caused in part by defective, worn tires on the delivery vehicle.

Signs of tire failure

Automobile crashes caused by tire failure leave the driver and tire manufacturer liable for damages caused by the incident. The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that defectively designed and excessively worn tires cause approximately 11,000 car crashes every year. The signs of tire failure include the following:

  • Cuts or cracks in the sidewalls of the tire
  • Uneven wearing of the tire's tread
  • Excessively worn tread
  • Blisters or bulges in the sidewall indicate weak spots
  • Excessive vibration, indicating internal tire damage in addition to wheel misalignment or unbalance

How can a tire deteriorate?

A tire does not have to be very old and worn to be unsafe. Additional causes oftire deterioration and damage include excessive heat and driving under- or over-inflated tires.

How to prevent tire failure

The NHTSA recommends that drivers use a tire pressure gauge to ensure that they are maintaining the correct tire pressure for their tires. In addition, drivers should also monitor the tread on their tires because a tread worn to 2/32 of an inch is not safe.

If you suffered injuries from a car crash caused by tire failure, you may be able to recover damages. Call the professional and experienced personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Fidel Rodriguez, Jr. to schedule a consultation.

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