Driving a car on Colorado’s roads and highways is something that carries a certain degree of risk under the best circumstances; most drivers know that they need to be aware of their surroundings and do everything possible to ensure their safety and the safety of the people with whom they share the road. What drivers don’t expect is to have an accident caused by a blowout from a defective tire. Sadly, this situation comes up in thousands of cases annually.
There are two major causes types of defect in tires: tread separation and age.
Tread Separation Accidents
Most tires will carry you safely in your car or truck for thousands of miles, but you should check your tires periodically for tread wear. This is a service that many service shops such as oil change places will do for you, but it is a good habit to get into yourself as well. In some cases, poorly designed or manufactured tires may have layers of tread separate from each other, or you may see the tread separate from the shell of the tire.
When a poorly designed or manufactures tire causes an auto accident, contact a product liability attorney as soon as possible.
Accidents Resulting from Aged Tires
The other major cause of defective tires is age. Anyone who has ever been grocery shopping is familiar with the idea of expiration dates for perishable food. Before you pick up the carton of milk or eggs, you check to make sure it hasn’t expired. Many people, however don’t realize that tires have their date of manufacture printed on them, or how significantly age can impact the rubber.
No matter how new they may look, tires that are more than six years past their manufacture date may be unsafe; most tire dealers will not sell tires that are too old to be safe, but of course every rule has its exception. If you have been in an car crash that may have been caused by tires that were sold too long after their manufacture date, speak with a product liability attorney to discuss your options.
Why Choose Fuicelli & Lee, P.C.
Product liability is a specialized area of law, and experience matters in pursuing product liability claims. If you have been involved in a car accident that was caused by defective tires, you need to speak with a product liability lawyer to ensure the protection of your rights.
An important thing to remember about product liability claims is that, by pursuing legal action, not only are you protecting your own rights, but you may be starting a chain of events that could result in a product recall which will protect the safety of your neighbors as well.
The experienced product liability attorneys at Fuicelli & Lee, P.C. will fight hard for your legal rights, and to recover compensation for any injury or financial loss that the defective tires caused. The law firm of Fuicelli & Lee believes in keeping open and honest communication with a high level of personal service for their clients. For a free consultation, please call 303-355-7202 today.