Throughout the years, various tire companies have recalled tires, usually, after their defective tires caused serious accidents. A tire blowout can be a source of auto accidents that result in serious injuries and death.
A recent tire added to the list of recalls is Goodyear’s Wrangler Silent Armor tire, which is typically used on vans, pick-up trucks, and sports utility vehicles.
A Goodyear review conducted in May 2010 sent up a red flag when it showed an increase in warranty and property damage claims in relation to the Wrangler tire. Then, in the third quarter of 2011, Goodyear received a claim for a rollover crash in Texas where two people died in a vehicle using the Wrangler tire.
This tragic event signaled the need for more in-depth scrutiny on the part of Goodyear. The company released an evaluation that the tire defect occasionally caused a partial tread separation. However, the separation only occurred in cases where the tires were subjected to extreme wear. Goodyear subsequently issued a recall of 40,915 Wrangler tires. Reuters reported that Goodyear estimates 27,000 tires are still in service out of the total produced from March 31 to May 31, 2009.
Goodyear is providing customers with free tire replacements. Customers can identify whether their tire is subject to recall by the last four digit numbers on the sidewall, which range from 0909 to 2209.
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Defective Tires and Product Liability Claims
The injuries associated with faulty parts on automobiles are extreme. If you are injured in a crash resulting from defective tires, you may have a product liability claim for compensation. In New York, personal injuries from faulty products have a specific time limit by which a claim for compensation must be filed: three years from the date of the incident, with some exceptions. This statute of limitations can be found under the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules §214.
Failing to file a claim for recovery within three years of your injury may cause you to lose the ability to pursue compensation at all. Though there are exceptions to this general rule, such as the fact that the three-year time limit starts when you discover your injury if the injury is caused by exposure to certain harmful substances, a car accident resulting from a defective tire usually follows the basic law. Get in touch with the Long Island product liability attorneys at Rosenberg & Gluck for help sorting through your options for recovery.
Types of Negligence Related to Defective Tires
Goodyear recalled its tires for two reasons. First, the company wants to promote safety on roadways. However, the second reason is that the company understands that the manufacture of a defective product is one way to become liable for any injuries caused by that product.
Manufacturers are not the only groups responsible for ensuring that the tires and products you purchase are safe for use. Retailers, sellers, and manufacturers may be liable for your injuries in a variety of ways if your Long Island car crash was caused by a faulty or shoddily designed tire. Below are just a few forms of negligence that may apply to your case.
- Falsifying the age of the tire before a sale
- Not investigating the tire before sale to discern wear or age
- Failing to perform appropriate safety testing measures when designing the tire
- Removing or failing to attach warning labels
- Falsifying the tire’s history
Proving negligence in a product liability claim in Long Island can be difficult and should be handled by seasoned attorneys like the ones at Rosenberg & Gluck. With our help, you can build a strong case for compensation by providing evidence of the opposing party’s negligence through expert witness testimony, video footage of a tire blowout, eyewitness testimony, and more.
How to Maximize the Value of My Defective Tire Product Liability Claim
When you are injured in a car accident that was caused by a poorly manufactured tire, you may need compensation in order to get your life back in order. In New York, your first avenue of recovery is the state-mandated no-fault insurance coverage that should be included in your insurance policy. This coverage usually pays for up to $50,000 in damages at the base level, with options for more coverage available, such as Additional Personal Injury Protection (APIP) or Optional Basic Economic Loss coverages (OBEL).
Sometimes, though, you can seek recovery from the opposing driver or from the manufacturer of the faulty tire that caused your accident. Going up against a company like Goodyear, with all its financial and legal resources, can seem daunting. That is why you should seek help from skilled and knowledgeable Long Island product liability attorneys at Rosenberg & Gluck. We can help you maximize your compensation in many ways, including the following.
- Building a comprehensive list of your harms
- Collecting and preserving evidence of the opposing party’s negligence
- Advocating fiercely for acceptable settlements in pre-trial negotiations
- Arguing in court to reduce any fault attributed to you
Our car accident lawyers at Rosenberg & Gluck, LLP stay apprised of automotive and other product recalls that can result in serious personal injury. If seriously injured in a Long Island car accident, rely on the extensive experience of the firm’s partners, who have both been practicing law since 1983.
At Rosenberg & Gluck, our Long Island car accident and product liability attorneys offer all injured clients a FREE consultation to discuss the merits and validity of each claim. We also work on a contingency basis, so we do not collect a fee unless we win you the compensation you need. Let our lawyers work for you today so that you and your family can focus on recovering from your injuries and restoring your life to normalcy.