Tracing the Life of a Defective Tire: From Creation to Destruction
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When a tire is designed and first created, auto product manufacturers typically have two objectives in mind: 1) create a product that stands out from the rest due to its quality and 2) attract more business and increase profit. What they do not count on, however, is the devastating consequences of a defect with a tire.
Beginning of a Defect
Defects can start in two different ways, either the defect is in the actual design of the tire, or is created by a mistake during the manufacturing process. This can lead to a single tire, or an entire line of tires, containing some form of defect. Common tire defects include defective adhesion of tire tread, problems with the type of rubber used, and overall weak construction of the tire.
Wear and Tear
From the moment a tire is placed on a vehicle, it is subject to wear and tear from the road, taking the most abuse of any part of the vehicle. As such, even small defects may begin to be affected and worsen as the miles driven begin to mount. Additionally, deflation and inflation of the tires can exploit any weaknesses present within the tire, continually bringing the moment of failure closer with each day of use.
The Moment of Failure
The failure of a defective tire can occur at any time, at any place, and under any condition, happening when the defect has finally caused the tire to fall apart in some manner. Most ideally, it will happen when the car is parked, with the owner discovering that his or her tire is now unusable when returning to the vehicle. However, failure can also occur in the middle of the drive, with the tire deflating, exploding, suffering tread separation, or otherwise failing, which can easily lead to a loss of control and cause a crash. But that is not all, failure can also occur while inflating the tire. This is extremely dangerous, as the tire may explode, sending dangerous debris everywhere and endangering the life of anyone nearby.
After a crash, investigators and cleanup crew will collect all evidence from the crash. In the event that the accident was caused by a defective tire, it is important that any and all pieces of the tire be collected in order to be used as evidence. Investigators and attorneys will be able to pinpoint the type of defect and how it caused the crash, proving that it was not the driver who was at fault, but the manufacturers who created the defective tire.
Experienced Representation for Crash Victims in New Jersey
The life of a defective tire is not only an illustration of how a crash can occur, it is an important step in proving fault and finding fair and full compensation from manufacturers for the trauma suffered by a victim. At Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., our New Jersey auto product liability attorneys work to prove how an accident occurred and aid victims in recovery from their losses. Call us today at (609) 240-0040 to learn more about how we can help you in your case.
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