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One Dead, Four Critically Injured in Car Crash Caused by Tire Tread Separation

November 1, 2013
Colson Hicks Eidson

A Broward County man is dead and four others in critical condition following a crash on Interstate 75 and Corkscrew Road in Estero.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), a church group from Lauderhill was traveling to Tampa when the passenger van’s left rear tire tread separated from the tire, causing the 45-year-old driver of the van to veer into the emergency lane. When he tried to steer back into the inside lane, the van rotated clockwise and overturned, coming to rest on its roof. Several passengers were ejected from the van.

A 20-year-old man from North Lauderdale was killed in the crash; four others were critically injured. A total of 15 people overall were injured in the fatal accident. The crash remains under investigation by the FHP.

Like all automobile parts, tires are designed to undergo a certain amount of wear-and-tear over time. However, if they were poorly designed or manufactured, the tires are at risk of tread separation, which is effectively a total collapse of the tire. Tread separation most frequently occurs in tires used by commercial semi-trucks since many truck owners use refurbished tires to save money.

Tire tread separation typically causes a complete loss of control of the vehicle. On a highway, this can quickly result in catastrophic vehicle accidents. Serious injuries and death can occur when such accidents happen. If someone loses a loved one, the pain is multiplied by the idea that the accident could have been prevented if the tire had been properly manufactured or designed.

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Colson Hicks Eidson has an established history of victory against tire manufacturers who put their customers in harm’s way. To schedule a consultation with someone from our firm, do not hesitate to contact our injury attorneys at 305-476-7400 today. We handle cases throughout the nation and around the globe.

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