While it is necessary to properly inspect a vehicle’s safety ratings and features prior to purchasing the car, not many know that it is just as important to check the car’s tires and spare for signs of damage or wear. Many drivers understand the necessity of caring for a vehicle through regular oil changes and maintenance, but others may not think that a tire is “that big of a deal.” The reality is that, should a defective tire tread separate from the tire, the driver could lose control of the vehicle and be faced with serious and potentially fatal consequences.
If you or someone you know was injured in a car crash or incident due to a faulty tire, you may be entitled to seek compensation and hold a third party responsible for your vehicular damages, injuries and medical expenses. The affiliated attorneys at Attorney Group for Tennessee can help you to determine if you have a valid claim and can answer your questions about current Tennessee tire recalls that may be applicable to your situation.
Defective Tires Can Lead to Tennessee Tire Recalls
While Tennessee tire recalls can occur for a number of reasons, one of the most dangerous causes for a recall is the possibility for the outermost layer of rubber to separate from the layers underneath it. Although it is necessary to regularly inspect your vehicle for signs of excessive tread wear and damage, defective tires can malfunction at any given moment without warning and often result in tire recalls.
In February 2013, Hercules made the announcement that the company would be voluntarily recalling a line of its tires manufactured in China due to a potential for the tread to separate from the rest of the tire, potentially resulting in the loss of control of the vehicle. Hercules’ Air Trac line and its 10-ply Load Range E tires were the primary focus of the recall, and the units were mainly used on commercial vehicles with a diameter of 16 or 17 inches.
Officials stated that a driver may lose the ability to control the vehicle should the tire separate from the tread. In fact, Hercules acknowledged at least one car accident that occurred due to its faulty tires. While the company acted promptly in recalling and replacing the allegedly defective tires, plaintiffs may still consider seeking compensation for injuries and damages not covered in the recall that were incurred prior to the pulling of the tires from the market.
Whether you are injured in a collision and no other drivers are involved or you are hurt if a driver loses control of his vehicle after a defective tire malfunctions, you may be entitled to hold the car dealer or tire retailer or manufacturer responsible for the injuries you sustain or the vehicular damages you incur. Depending on the circumstances, you may also be eligible to file for lost wages, medical expenses and other damages as they pertain to the accident. Seek legal counsel today if you have questions about filing a claim or about Tennessee tire recalls that may have affected the accident.
Injured by a Defective Tire or Have Questions about Tennessee Tire Recalls?
If you have been involved in an accident with a faulty or defective tire or if you have questions about Tennessee tire recalls, contact Attorney Group for Tennessee for more information about filing a claim. We will provide you with a no-obligation consultation, free of charge, and answer any questions you may have to the best of our ability. You may be entitled to work with an affiliated attorney who is up-to-date on the most recent Tennessee tire recalls in your area and seek compensation for your injuries and damages.