Tires are what separates a driver from the roadway and are not to be taken lightly. If you are like thousands of other consumers, you most likely conducted research into your vehicle’s safety features and ratings prior to purchasing the car. Similarly, tires should be evaluated and researched prior to use and periodically throughout your travels to ensure that the tread on the tire is safe and that there are no current recalls in place for that particular unit. Unfortunately, tires may sometimes malfunction without warning and can cause fatal and catastrophic consequences.
Attorney Group for Kentucky can help you to determine if you have a valid claim if you or someone you love sustained injuries in a motor vehicle collision that resulted from a defective or faulty tire. For more information about your case or about any Kentucky tire recalls currently in effect, contact us today.
Take Initiative: Check Your Tires
Tire malfunctions can occur with or without warning and are the most common cause of tire recalls. While it is vital to check your tires regularly for signs of excessive wear or tread damage, it is always important to remember that defective tires may not always show signs of failure. The outermost layer of the tire, the tread, may potentially separate from the rest of the layers of the tire and cause a decrease in air pressure, the vehicle to shift to one side or the other or the car to spin out of control.
In June 2013, the driver of a charter bus in Louisville, Kentucky caused a motor vehicle collision when the bus traveled into a concrete median. The police report cited a blown tire as the cause of the crash. However, in November 2013, the bus driver admitted that the owner of the vehicle had told her that the tires on the bus were new the day before the accident, despite an investigation that revealed the tires were 11 years old. According to officials, a friend of the owner of the bus told investigators that he had found the tires in a scrap bin at a local Louisville auto repair shop. The owner has since admitted that the bus had not received an inspection for “a few years.” The bus driver did not notice anything out of the ordinary in a pre-trip inspection such as uneven wear or insufficient tread.
Most recently, plaintiffs across the U.S. are filing lawsuits after the Hercules tire recall in 2012. According to court records, the manufacturer allegedly admitted that its tires could potentially separate from the tread while the vehicle is in motion. Should this occur, the driver could be at a greater risk for causing a motor vehicle collision due to an ability to control the vehicle if it should spin out of control without warning.
If an accident occurs and defective or aged tires may be the culprit, those who are injured may be entitled to file a lawsuit against the car dealer, tire manufacturer or tire retailer to seek compensation for their injuries. If you would like to learn more about filing a claim or if you have questions about Kentucky tire recalls, consult a professional attorney to determine whether you have a valid case.
Have Questions about Possible Kentucky Tire Recalls? Contact Us Today
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident caused by a defective tire or if you have questions about any potential Kentucky tire recalls, Attorney Group for Kentucky is prepared to address your concerns and help you to determine if you have a valid claim. We will provide you with a free case evaluation and connect you with a professional attorney knowledgeable about any existing Kentucky tire recalls who will help you to seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.