When a tire blowout causes a motor vehicle accident, it may have been due to defective manufacturing, design, or installation. If that is the case, another party may be liable.
Who can be held liable for a tire blowout accident will depend on why the tire failed. For example:
If the tire blew due to a defect in its manufacturing, you may have a lawsuit against the tire’s manufacturer. For example, if the tire had deformed treads or abnormally thin walls that made the tire burst, etc. In this case, you would not have had any warning of those defects unless the product was recalled. As a result, the manufacturer can be held responsible for the blowout causing a collision, rather than you.
In addition to the manufacturer, any party involved in a defective tire’s distribution chain can be liable—for example, a supplier, distributor, or retailer.
The driver of a vehicle that has a tire blowout can be liable for an accident. Drivers must ensure that their vehicles are properly maintained and in good repair, including the tires. Therefore, if a tire blows due to a lack of maintenance, underinflation, or too much wear, the driver or owner of the vehicle can be held responsible.
If a tire blew out on a vehicle or truck belonging to a company, the company can be liable in a tire blowout accident lawsuit. Commercial vehicles should be regularly inspected and maintained by the companies that own them. Therefore, they can be held accountable if the blowout occurred due to the company’s failure to properly maintain or routinely inspect their vehicle.
In some tire blowout accident cases, potholes or other dangerous road conditions are the cause. Since the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) is generally responsible for maintaining and improving public roads, they may be liable for improper maintenance if the tire blowout could have been prevented.
This list is not exhaustive, and each case requires a thorough investigation to determine which parties are liable.
If you file a tire blowout accident lawsuit, you may be able to recover the following types of compensation:
In some cases, the court may award punitive damages if the at-fault party acted with an extremely reckless disregard for the safety of others.
If you were involved in an accident caused by a tire blowout, arrange a free consultation with a Las Vegas car accident attorney. These types of cases involve technical investigation and require strong evidence. A lawyer has the resources to help you build your case and navigate the lawsuit process.