Tires are perhaps the most important part of any vehicle. Only a few inches of tire touch the road at any given moment. Worn tires cannot properly grip the road surface, which can cause a driver to lose control on a sharp curve, to spin out during an evasive maneuver, or to hydroplane on wet pavement.
Tire wear can become an issue in a personal injury or wrongful death case in two ways:
- When a maintenance failure, such as checking for tire wear, has caused or contributed to the crash
- When a tire retailer or reseller sells a tire that should not have been sold because it was too worn or too "old" to be safe
Wrecks can also be caused by defective tires.
If you were hurt or a family member was killed in a Georgia car or truck accident, contact an Atlanta worn tires attorney at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP, or call 800-213-5343 for a free case evaluation.
The Atlanta personal injury attorneys at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP, have significant experience holding negligent drivers, manufacturers and retailers accountable for the harm they've caused. We have a proven record of success securing top-dollar verdicts and settlements in car and truck accident cases. Our firm has played a key role in litigation against tire manufacturers such as Firestone, Michelin, Goodyear, Cooper, Dunlop, BF Goodrich and Hankook.
Tire Wear: How Old Is Too Old?
There's more to a tire than just tread depth. Tires become less flexible and less safe as they age. The tire materials themselves break down over time, especially when exposed to heat — like the heat of a Georgia summer. Excessive heat causes tires to age prematurely. This can cause unexpected tire failure.
The age of a tire and how it was stored before it was purchased can affect its quality. Even if a tire has never been used, it may not be "new."
We have experience investigating car and truck accidents to determine if a product or component of the vehicle was defective or improperly maintained. We work with experts in design, engineering and manufacturing to get the facts.
Our Atlanta truck accident attorneys achieved a significant settlement for a family in a truck accident case in which a mother died and her 8-year-old daughter suffered brain damage when a truck slid out of control in the rain and hit their car. The truck's rear tires were excessively worn and the truck's driver had warned the trucking company of the problem that morning, but was told to drive anyway.
Contact a Columbus Tire Blowout Lawyer
If you believe that a problem with your tires or the tires on another vehicle caused or contributed to your accident, call Butler Wooten & Peak LLP, lawyers at 800-213-5343 or contact our Atlanta, Georgia, law office online to schedule a free case evaluation.