Tread separation cases can involve extremely serious or fatal injuries because a sudden tire failure can send a vehicle careening out of control. This typically occurs when a tire is not manufactured or serviced properly, or when a driver does not maintain their vehicle properly. In the weeks following a tire defect accident, injured victims may be left recovering, without any idea when their lives will return to normal. In times like these, having a legal professional on your side can make the transition much easier to handle.
There are a number of tire models that are more likely to be involved in tread separation cases. Firestone’s tires are the primary culprits as the ATX, ATX II, Wilderness and Steeltex have all demonstrated significant manufacturing and design defects in the past.
When a tire suffers a major failure, it is usually because dirt, moisture or chemicals have affected the bonding process between the rubber and steel belting. When the tire’s bond is weakened, it is more likely to give way suddenly, causing the tire nearly to explode. It is important to inspect your tires regularly for any separation or apparent issues. Maintaining proper air pressure is another important consideration. Although these steps won’t stop the tread from separating, they may help lessen the effects of an accident.
Whether an accident is caused by a manufacturer or by a neglectful driver, a victim can greatly improve their chances of securing a favorable settlement by bringing in a personal injury attorney to help them with the legal process.