Chicago, Illinois Auto Accident Attorneys

Representing Clients Injured by Defective Tires

Defective tires and blowouts are one of the most common causes of auto defect accidents. In recent years, millions of defective tires have been recalled by tire manufacturers, such as Firestone, Bridgestone, Dunlop, and Michelin. The Chicago defective tire attorneys at Ankin Law focus on representing the victims of catastrophic accidents who have suffered injuries as a result of defective tires. Contact our office at (800) 442-6546 to schedule a free consultation to learn more about a possible defective tire product liability lawsuit.

Types of Vehicle Tire Defects

Auto tires are designed and engineered to bear a certain vehicle weight and provide the appropriate degree of traction, depending on the vehicle’s intended use. While most tires are reliable and function the way in which they are intended, some tires are improperly designed, manufactured, or installed and auto accidents and injuries can occur as a result.

Some common tire defects include:

  • Belt-to-belt separation
  • Belt edge separation
  • Chunking
  • Broken cords
  • Cracking
  • Open splices
  • Sudden loss of inflation pressure
  • Separation of tread, sidewall, ply cord, inner liner, or bead

Defective Tire Lawsuits

If you have been injured in an auto accident caused by a defective tire, you may be entitled to recover compensation in a product liability lawsuit. A product liability claim, including a defective tire claim, can be based on negligence, strict liability and breach of warranty, all of which require that the plaintiff prove that the car’s defect caused the plaintiff’s injuries. Most often, claims based on defective tire and other auto defects are governed by strict product liability laws, which require the victim to provide that the tire defect was “unreasonably dangerous” and was the cause of the plaintiff’s injuries.

A product liability lawsuit can be brought based on design flaws, manufacturing defects, or installation errors against any party along the tire’s supply chain, including the tire designer, the tire manufacturer, the marketing companies, and car dealerships.

Common Injuries Caused by Defective Tires

Because defective tires often result in vehicle rollovers, the injuries sustained are frequently severe. Some of the common injuries caused by defective tire accidents include:

  • Broken bones
  • Amputation
  • Head injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Abrasions

In some severe cases, defective tires may even result in fatal auto accidents.

Get the Legal Help You Need

Because insurance claims and lawsuits involving defective tires are complex and can involve multiple parties, it is best to consult with an experienced Chicago defective tire attorney like those at Ankin Law. Our knowledgeable Chicago auto defect lawyers focus on representing the victims of serious auto accidents, including those caused by defective tires or other auto defects. We have considerable experience handling product liability lawsuits, personal injury lawsuits, and dealing with insurance companies.

If you have been injured in an auto accident caused by defective tires, do not hesitate to contact our office at (800) 442-6546 to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled Chicago defective tire attorneys to learn more about a product liability claim.