What Causes Tire Tread Failure?
Tread separation injury cases are fairly common, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports thousands of accidents every year caused by defects, poor manufacturing and poor maintenance. When tires suffer a sudden failure, the results can be disastrous. If a person is harmed in a wreck caused by tire failure, they may be entitled to compensation from the tire manufacturer.
What Causes Tire Tread Separation?
There are a few common causes of tire failure. Drivers are responsible for maintaining their vehicles so that they remain safe on the roads. In general, drivers don’t have to have the kind of technical knowledge that a mechanic would, but they must address any obvious problems with the vehicle. This includes issues with the windshield, steering, braking, apparent engine problems, leaks, mirrors, doors, the vehicle’s body and its tires. Tires are not a complex piece of technology, so basic maintenance should keep any sudden failure from happening.
If, however, a driver does not perform basic maintenance on their tires, they may wear down to the point where they explode on the road, likely causing a major accident and leaving other motorists in danger.
Another major cause of tire failure is manufacturing defects. Manufacturers make most tires with steel belting that provides structure and stability to the tire, and during manufacturing, this belting must be bonded to the tread. Sometimes this bonding process is fouled by the presence of moisture, dirt or chemicals, which keeps the rubber from bonding correctly. It may not be obvious when a tire has weakened bonding, so even people who keep their vehicle maintained well may be the victim of sudden tire failure.
Tires may also fail if manufacturers produce them with expired or cheap adhesives, or if the tire’s design is inherently more likely to result in sudden failure.
Most tread separation injury cases are caused by a handful of tire models. These include Goodyear’s Long Range E (which are normally installed on large passenger vans), Firestone’s Wilderness, ATX, ATX II, and Steeltex. Some Bridgestone, B.F. Goodrich and Cooper tires have also been linked to major accidents.
Contact Us If You’ve Been Involved In An Accident Due To Tire Failure
In the aftermath of a tire failure accident, the victim may be left with grievous injuries. Our experienced lawyers may be able to help recover compensation for the victim’s medical expenses, vehicle damage and any long-term disability or missed time from work. An attorney will be helpful no matter what the facts of the case are, whether the crash was caused by a negligent motorist or a manufacturer. Contact us for a free consultation.