Tires are some of the most important parts of a vehicle in terms of roadworthiness, driver control and safety. The tires are the vehicle’s connection to the road. If the tire has an issue, such as not enough air or worn tread, it could pop, leak or explode – making it impossible for the driver to safely control the car. A tire blowout is a specific type of issue in which the tire explodes and/or detaches from the car. Blowouts can cause serious car accidents and catastrophic injuries.
Who Is Liable?
A tire blowout can occur due to many causes. Anything that compromises the safety and efficiency of the tire, from vehicle maintenance to tire design, could lead to a tire blowout. An investigation of your car accident may be necessary to confirm who or what caused the tire to explode or detach from your vehicle, as well as who might be financially responsible for your damages. Liability will come down to the party most at fault for causing the collision.
- The tire manufacturer: Some tire blowout accidents trace back to the design and/or manufacture of the tire. A defective tire could contain an issue such as tread that wears down too quickly, increasing the risks of a blowout. If a defective tire causes a blowout accident, the victim may be able to bring a product liability claim against the manufacturer or distributor.
- The owner of the vehicle: Tire blowouts can also happen due to worn out and poorly maintained tires. It is every owner’s legal responsibility to ensure the reasonable safety of his or her vehicle. This duty involves regular tire inspections, professional repairs and timely replacements of worn tires. If a vehicle owner is negligent and does not replace worn tires, he or she could be liable for a resultant tire blowout accident.
- The roadway maintenance team: A tire could explode if it strikes something in the road, such as a nail from a roadside construction zone or a pothole. It is the duty of the City of Las Vegas to properly maintain its roads to prevent accidents. If the city knew or should have known about the road defect that popped your tire but failed to fix it, the government could owe you compensation for your blowout accident.
The party liable for your tire blowout accident will depend on who or what caused the collision that gave you injuries. Nevada is a fault-based car insurance state, or tort state. The party most at fault for causing your car accident will have to pay for your related damages and injuries. You or a car accident lawyer, however, will have to prove the defendant’s fault for the tire blowout accident to receive compensation.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
A blowout crash can cause serious and life-changing personal injuries. Common injuries include bone fractures, whiplash, spinal cord damage, traumatic brain injuries and disabilities. A tire blowout accident could lead to thousands of dollars in lost income and hospital bills. As the survivor of a tire blowout accident, it is important to hire a Las Vegas car accident attorney to represent you during a serious injury claim. Without a lawyer’s assistance, you may settle for an offer from an insurance company that does not accurately represent the extent of your damages.
An examination of the street where the tire exploded, for example, could expose evidence of a roadway defect. Our Las Vegas personal injury lawyers could also inspect the tire and photographs of the crash, as well as hire experts to analyze key evidence, to detect product defects. A car accident lawyer can take many steps on your behalf to ensure a fair outcome from an insurance company.