Defective Tire Lawyers in St. Petersburg
Most Americans drive thousands of miles per year, without much thought about the safety of their tires. Unfortunately, the Department of Transportation statistics reveals that around 9 percent of all car accidents involve some sort of tire defect. When accidents or tire blow-outs occur on the highway, we don’t always blame the tire companies. Yet, with a rate as high as 9 percent, tire companies should be held accountable more than they are. As St. Petersburg defective tire lawyers, we are committed to getting you the compensation you deserve.
If you have been involved in a Car Accident and believe there may have been tire defects involved, contact us today for a free consultation. Our lawyers will work to evaluate your case and evidence to determine whether the tire company may have been at fault. Many people are hesitant to contact us, believing there was no one at fault. Don’t make this mistake; call us immediately for a free case review. Our clients are often surprised to find that someone else was at fault for an accident.
What Should I Do if I Believe Defective Tires Caused My Accident?
Document, document, document! If you do not need immediate medical treatment, stay at the accident scene to take photographs, and collect reports. Gathering data directly following the accident can tremendously improve your case. Follow these procedures:
- Call the police
- Take photographs of cars, damage, and blown tires
- Photograph the road conditions and inclement weather
- Collect witnesses’ personal information and phone numbers
- Ask witnesses to write a short statement of what they saw
- Exchange insurance information
- Seek medical attention, even if you believe you are not hurt
Taking the proper steps to document your accident and circumstances can make your case stronger if you seek legal recourse. Keep photographs and all evidence together for easy access by our skilled team of lawyers. Be careful you don’t take steps to hurt your case. Take proper precautions and don’t speak to anyone except the police and our law team.
After your accident, DO NOT:
- Settle the matter without a police report
- Talk to any insurance company
- Agree to settle without insurance or out of court
The best step you can take after collecting evidence and seeking medical treatment is to call us for an evaluation. We will review your case and evaluate possible legal avenues. Do not talk to insurance companies or settle with other drivers without first discussing the case with us. We are experts in the field and have seen many victims manipulated into not receiving proper compensation.
How Can Defective Tires Be Proven?
The entire determination for defective tire fault lies in the abilities of your legal team. Defects are sometimes difficult to prove, but our experienced lawyers know how to recognize when product failures contribute to or cause a crash. The evidence is the most critical aspect of a defective product case, which is why documentation is vitally important. After contacting our firm, we will read the police report, inspect pictures, obtain tire model information, and deduce fault. All the professionals involved with our investigation are highly skilled and have worked in numerous cases involving defective products.
What Are Common Accident Types Caused by Tire Defects?
Often, a defective tire case is determined by the type of accident that occurred. Common accident types involving defective tires include:
- Tire blowout
- Skidding off the road
- Loss of control
- Running off the road
- Tires that fall off the vehicle
Tire defects can be seen in every part of the tire. Outer tread, inner lining, fabric materials, sidewalls, and steel belts can all be faulty. To properly diagnose tire default requires a team of experts. Our lawyers pair with investigators and tire professionals to analyze the crash and tires involved.
Who Is Responsible for Defective Tires?
Tire manufacturers are commonly liable for defective products. Tires originate in their factories, but sometimes they are not to blame. Companies installing tires can also be responsible for defective tire damages. These cases typically involve:
- Improperly installed tires
- Installation of old tires
- Installation of recalled tires
- Improper rim or tire size
- Not notifying the customer of failing tire
Tire defects are difficult to detect in most cases. Drivers are not professionals and do not know how to properly inspect tires to ensure there are no defects, relying on experts to keep them safe. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
How Often Are Tires Recalled?
Each year, thousands of tires are recalled for defects. Many of the defects are not discovered until after accidents have occurred, and then tire companies work to prevent more from happening. One of the biggest recalls in history involved 6.5 million Bridgestone/Firestone tires. The recall was enacted only after the tires were linked to fatal accidents.
Companies who have initiated tire recalls in the past include:
- Cooper Tire
- BF Goodrich
- Kelly Springfield
- Various Chinese manufacturers
As you can see, tires from around the world can be defective.
What Compensation Can I Receive From Defective Tire Accidents?
Our role here at Bulluck Law Group is to ensure you receive proper compensation for your injuries and property damage. If you or a loved one was involved in a defective tire accident, you may be eligible to receive compensation for:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Physical therapy
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering inflicted
- Mental health help
We will work with you to get your life back together, one step at a time. The compensation from a defective tire claim will pay your medical bills and help you regain a sense of normalcy. Once you have properly recovered damages, the important part is holding companies responsible for negligent practices.
How Much Will a Defective Tire Case Cost Me?
At Bulluck Law Group, our personal injury lawyers never charge clients upon accepting a case. This means that your consultation, investigations, and fees will not be paid upfront. Our personal injury lawyers will be paid out of settlements made with responsible parties or through the courts. Our law group is large, powerful, and well established. This means we have the advantage of absorbing all costs upfront, without any payment from you. You will never pay a retaining fee or be charged for our services before you have received a settlement.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
If you believe a defective tire caused your accident, contact us immediately for an evaluation. The sooner you seek counsel, the stronger your case can be. As soon as your accident is reported to insurance companies, they will be actively working to deny your claim. Contact us to begin the establishment of your case. Legally, suits must be filed within four years from discovery of defect.
Bulluck Law Group Defective Tire Accident Lawyers
Do you believe defective tires are responsible for your automobile accident? Were you or a loved one injured in the accident? Call us today for a free consultation. Our firm will work as a team to fight your product liability case and help you to receive proper compensation. Once we review your defective tire case, we will help you determine the next course of action. The Attorneys at our firm are highly skilled in negotiating settlements but also talented in trial law.