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Can I Sue If a Tire Blowout Caused My Auto Accident?
Depending on what led to a tire blowout, if it caused a motor vehicle accident (MVA), the victims of the wreck might be able to sue for damages, which could help them pay for hospital bills, lost income, rehabilitation expenses, property damage and funeral costs.
In mid-November, a 38-year-old Florida man was killed in an MVA that was caused by a tire blowout, according to WALB-TV. The crash took place on Interstate 75 near Ashburn, Georgia and only involved a single vehicle, a truck driven by a 49-year-old man.
After the tire blew out, the driver lost control, according to reports, and hit a cement barrier in the middle of I-75. The 49-year-old driver survived the crash.
Reportedly, the two men were on their way to deliver meat to Atlanta when the wreck occurred.
What Could Cause a Tire Blowout?
There are several reasons a car or truck tire could blowout, including:
- Design flaws
- Over inflation
- No warnings to replace old tires
- Lack of maintenance
- Overloaded vehicle
- Manufacturing defects
- Faulty repair work
How Dangerous Are Tire Blowouts?
In the video below, product liability lawyer Mike Eidson explains the dangers associated with tire blowouts.
Did You Know?: Mazda is recalling 100,000 Mazda 6s because their tire pressure monitoring systems may be defective, according to The Detroit News.
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