Tires are critical to the safe operation of a vehicle. Maintenance is important for continued tire safety, but maintenance cannot overcome the existence of latent tire defects. Sometimes, the tread comes off of a tire through no fault of the driver. This type of tread separation can be the result of defects in materials or in the manufacturing of tires.
The tread is the outside component of the tire that meets the roadway. It covers the steel belts and the inflated inner liner. In high-performing tires, there may be a cushioning gum between the tread and belt.
When tread separation occurs, the outer tread literally peels off the tire, leaving the bare inflated tire exposed. If the tread separates at highway speeds, the driver will feel a sudden lurch to the side. Without tread gripping the road, it’s next to impossible for a driver to keep the vehicle on the roadway.
If a loved one was hurt or killed in a car or truck crash involving tire tread separation, he or she could have done little to prevent the accident, no matter how good a driver he or she was. This is one of the most serious situations a driver can face.
It’s a situation no driver should have to face, though, because it’s not the inevitable result of wear and tear. It’s the result of tire manufacturing defects and there are things manufacturers can do to make tires safer. Tire manufacturers may be held responsible when their tires fail to stay together during normal use.
If you have been injured or a family member has died in a car or truck accident caused by tire problems, please contact the Atlanta tire separation attorneys at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP, or call (800) 242-2962 for a free case evaluation.
Our Georgia tire tread separation attorneys have extensive experience holding manufacturers accountable for products that put consumers at risk. We have a proven record of successful results, securing top-dollar verdicts and settlements for our clients in cases resulting in serious injuries and wrongful death.
Tread separation can be caused by poor adhesion due to inferior adhesives or contaminants introduced during the bonding process. It can result from air trapped between the layers of the tire. Oxidation of the metal parts could also be a problem.
Because our attorneys have played key roles in auto products litigation against tire manufacturers such as Firestone, Michelin, Goodyear, Cooper, Dunlop, BF Goodrich and Hankook, we understand how to investigate and litigate these cases. We have the resources to get results for our clients, even when we’re up against some of the largest manufacturers in the country.
If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a fatal truck accident, contact Butler Wooten & Peak LLP, or call (800) 242-2962 to schedule a free case evaluation.