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Tire Blowout Crashes: Driver Negligence or Product Defect?

How many times have you seen the large chunks of rubber strewn across the highway, remnants of a tire blowout from some unfortunate driver? Tire blowouts can be extremely dangerous, especially if the vehicle is traveling at a high speed.

There are several reasons why a tire blowout can happen. It can be due to negligence on the part of the vehicle owner or it can be because the tire was defective. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a tire blowout – whether on your own vehicle or another driver – a Virginia car accident attorney can help you pursue a claim for damages.

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When a Tire Blowout Is Caused by Driver Negligence

Part of the responsibility of driving is the duty of care we owe to other drivers on the road. Not only does this apply to how we drive, but it also applies to how we take care of the vehicle we drive in. A vehicle that isn’t properly maintained is a danger to anyone around it. If the tire blew because it was bald and had worn out thread or was under- or over-inflated, then the driver was negligent. Another cause of driver negligence is when the vehicle is overloaded and too much for the tire pressure to bear, causing the tire to blow.

When a Tire Blowout Is Caused by a Defect.

If there was a defect in the tire that caused it to blow, then you may have a product liability claim against the manufacturer. Some of the most common defects include design flaws, inferior or improper materials, and manufacturing defects.

Another dangerous factor that causes tire blowouts that may be linked back to the dealer that sold the tires is that the tires are actually old, even though the dealer presented them as new tires. Over time, the materials that tires are made out of can weaken and are susceptible to dry rot.

Contact a Virginia Accident Attorney

If you have been injured in a tire blowout accident, contact a Virginia personal injury attorney. Our firm has extensive legal experience in both car accident claims and product liability claims and will be able to determine who the at-fault party is that is responsible for the accident you were in and the resulting injuries you have suffered. We can assist you in obtaining financial compensation for any medical expenses you have incurred, loss of income, pain, and any other losses the injuries have caused you.

Randy E. Appleton
Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer Serving Va Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake & all of Virginia
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