Tires are among the most vital components of any vehicle in terms of safety, driver control, and road worthiness. They are a vehicle’s connection to the pavement. If a tire is faulty, due to worn treads or imbalanced air pressure, for instance, it could explode, leak, or pop, making it difficult or impossible for a driver to operate the vehicle safely.
One of the worst consequences of faulty tires is a tire blowout, in which the defective tire explodes and separates from the vehicle. Tire blowouts can lead to devastating crashes and life-changing injuries.
Who Is Liable In A Tire Blowout Accident?
Tire blowouts can happen for various reasons. Generally, anything that compromises the efficiency and safety of a tire, from the tire design to vehicle maintenance, could result in a tire blowout. A thorough investigation into the crash may be needed to establish the conditions leading to the blowout and who can be held liable for the injured party’s losses.
Depending on the results of the investigation, the following parties may be held responsible for causing a tire blowout accident:
- The Tire Manufacturer – A tire blowout accident can occur due to a design or manufacturing defect A faulty tire could have an issue, like a tread that gets worn down faster than normal, which raises the risk of a tire blowout. If the faulty tire is responsible for causing a crash, the injured party may be eligible to file a product liability claim against the tire’s distributor, designer, or manufacturer.
- The Entity Responsible for Maintaining The Road – A tire could blow out if it hits something on the roadway, like a pothole or a nail from a road construction Typically, it’s the legal duty of the local government entity to maintain the roads regularly and prevent roadside crashes. If the government entity was aware or should have been aware of the roadway defectbut failed to resolve it, they might be held liable for the injured party’s damages.
- The Vehicle Owner – Tire blowout accidents can occur due to poorly maintained and worn-out tires. It’s the legal responsibility of all vehicle owners to make sure their vehicles are reasonably safe to operate. This duty involves proper and regular tire checkups and maintenance and timely repairs or replacements of worn-out tires. If the owner fails to do these things and a tire blowout accident results, they could be held responsible for the crash and injured party’s losses.
Speak To A Seasoned Connecticut Roadside Lawyer Today
If a person suffers injuries and related damages due to a tire blowout accident, they may be able to seek financial compensation from the at-fault party. But they must prove the defendant caused the crash in order to get maximum compensation for their losses. Dial 860-644-1548 or contact the Connecticut roadside lawyer of Berman & Russo online for a free case review.