Tire blowouts are among the leading causes of serious accidents every year, and they are particularly dangerous when they involve tires on large commercial vehicles. In many cases, victims are left with serious injuries that may leave them with tremendous medical expenses and ongoing health issues ranging from chronic pain to disability.
Fortunately, in many cases, people who are injured in tire blowout accidents are entitled to compensation. The best way to ensure that you obtain the compensation you are owed under Florida law is to retain a tire blowout attorney in Broward County as soon as you can after your accident.
What Causes Tire Blowouts?
Tire blowouts occur for various reasons. In most cases, they should not occur in the absence of someone else’s legal negligence. This fact means that victims of crashes caused by blowouts can typically recover compensation for their accident-related damages. Some of the more common causes of tire blowouts include:
- Underinflated tires
- Overinflated tires
- Overworn tires
- Debris left on roads
- Manufacturing defects
- Improper tire installation
Who Can Be Held Liable for Tire Blowout Accidents?
Tire blowouts can happen for a wide variety of reasons. In addition, various parties can be responsible for victims’ accidents depending on whose fault the blowout was. Some of the more common parties that victims can hold liable for tire blowouts are discussed in detail below.
In cases involving commercial tire blowouts, trucking companies are often liable for victims’ injuries. Trucking companies and their drivers are responsible for maintaining a safe fleet, and semi-trucks and other commercial vehicles often require specialized equipment. In addition, federal regulations require truckers to perform a pre-trip inspection before taking their vehicles out. When a trucking company or a truck driver fails to perform adequate tire maintenance or check the condition of a truck’s tires before a trip, the trucking company can often be held liable for any resulting damages.
Sometimes, tire blowouts are the result of poor tire design, manufacture, or marketing. When this occurs, anyone who is harmed by the blowout may be able to file a product liability claim against the tire manufacturer. Product liability cases may require significant investigation into the cause of the crash and even an expert analysis of the tire to determine the cause of the blowout.
In some instances, a tire blowout is the result of another driver failing to adequately maintain his or her tires. Common examples of inadequate maintenance include:
- Failing to monitor tire pressure
- Failure to check tire for signs of wear, such as reduced thread or worn
- Failure to replace worn tires
- Failure to rotate tires as recommended by the manufacturer
- Driving on a tire that is known to be defective
- Driving on a flat tire
Common Injuries in Tire Blowout Accidents
Because blowout accidents often occur at high speeds, they result in severe injuries for everyone involved. That said, even accidents that occur at low speed are capable of leaving victims with injuries that require medical attention. Some of the more common injuries that can occur in blowout accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Severe soft tissue injuries
- Facial fractures
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic amputations
- Crush injuries
Do You Need to Retain a Tire Blowout Lawyer in Broward County after an Accident?
It’s in your best interest to retain an attorney as soon you can after an accident involving a tire blowout. Truck and auto insurance companies have one goal: to settle your case for as little as possible. In fact, they will first determine whether there is any way to deny your claim completely, potentially leaving you with untold uncompensated losses. Some of the ways that they may try and settle your claim for less than it is worth include:
- Making an unreasonably low offer immediately after the accident (and before you have had a chance to speak with a tire blowout attorney
- Pressuring you to provide a recorded statement, during which they will ask you questions designed to get you to admit liability
- Trying to get authorization to dig through your medical records for anything they can use to categorize your injuries as “pre-existing”
- Advising you not to retain an attorney
- Waiting until your medical bills are piling up before making a settlement offer
Fortunately, when you retain an attorney in Broward County, you can move forward with your claim confidence that your rights will be protected through the entire claims process. A lawyer will first determine whether you have a claim and identify any potentially liable parties. Then, if you are entitled to compensation, your attorney will evaluate all of your losses – including your pain and suffering and lost quality of life – and prepare a demand letter setting out how much you seek in compensation and why.
Importantly, once you have an attorney representing you, the insurance company is not allowed to contact you directly. The fact the insurance company has to deal with your lawyer has two important benefits: it will prevent you from saying anything that could hurt your ability to recover the compensation you deserve, and it will also allow you to focus on your recovery while your lawyer handles the legal aspects of your case.
Because insurance companies want to settle for as little as possible, your lawyer will likely need to enter into settlement negotiations with the insurance company. If the insurance company refuses to make you a fair offer, your lawyer may file a civil lawsuit in the appropriate court and take your case to trial.
Call Our Office Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with a Broward County Tire Blowout Attorney
If you have suffered injuries in an accident involving a tire blowout, you should contact an attorney as soon as you can. Attorney Gary T. Iscoe is a skilled personal injury lawyer who knows how to get his clients the compensation they deserve. To schedule your free case evaluation, call our office today at 800-800-6500 or send us an email through our online contact form. We are available to take your call 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.