Manufacturers are required to design and produce tires that are safe when used as intended. When tire failures cause serious car accidents in Fort Lauderdale, they threaten the lives of drivers and passengers. A blowout – especially at high speed – can cause your vehicle to roll over, crash, or collide with other cars on the road.
If you or a loved one suffered severe injuries in an accident caused by defective tires, you may have legal grounds to file a lawsuit. The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine understand how traumatic an injury accident can be. We can provide the help you want to pursue a legal claim for defective or recalled tires.
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine will Fight for You on a No-Win, No-Fee Basis
When you hire our defective tire lawyers in Fort Lauderdale, you won’t pay us a dime unless you win compensation. That means no start-up costs, upfront fees, or retainers.
As we work for you, you can expect responsive legal care on our end, such as:
- Providing you with your lawyer’s personal phone number
- Keeping you posted about your case
- Promptly responding to your emails and phone calls
We go the extra mile for you and can help you outside of the legal process. We can assist with scheduling your appointments and getting your car fixed.
How a Defective Tire Lawyer from Our Team can Help You
At the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, we fight to get our clients the financial compensation they deserve for defective or recalled tire accidents and injuries. You worry about getting better. We’ll take care of everything else.
Investigate to identify the Liable Party or Parties
We can thoroughly investigate your accident to determine whether a defective tire may have caused the crash. We will begin the systematic collection of evidence, such as:
- Tire recall announcements
- Expert testimony
- Video footage of the accident
- Photos of the injuries
- Photos of the defective tire and accident scene
- Medical records
We will use this evidence to build your case and determine the at-fault party, which may include the manufacturer, retailer/installer, repair shop, or a combination thereof. In some cases, the vehicle manufacturer or dealer may also bear liability if the tire failure involves factory-made tires.
File Your Accident Claim
Once we determine who has liability for your damages, we will file your claim with the liable insurance company.
Our legal team is not afraid to take on large corporate manufacturers on behalf of our defective product clients.
Build a thorough Claim to Establish Liability and Claim Value
We will have the resources necessary to document the defect in your tires and how that defect led to your accident, injuries, and damages. We will negotiate to ensure your settlement is appropriate for your losses.
If we cannot negotiate an acceptable solution, we will file a lawsuit and pursue your damages in court. Tire defect lawsuits are where our knowledge and experience distinguish us from other firms.
Follow through with the Statute of Limitations
Don’t wait to inform us about your defective tire accident because we have limited time to file a lawsuit. As such:
- Florida Statutes §95.11(3)(a) enforces a four-year deadline for a Fort Lauderdale personal injury case.
- Florida Statutes §95.11(4)(d) enforces a two-year deadline for wrongful death.
If you don’t give us sufficient notice, we might not be able to take action in time. In that case, the state of Florida could bar you from pursuing compensation.
Throughout the process, we will protect your legal rights. We will fight on your behalf while giving you the compassionate support and legal protection you deserve.
Calculating Claim Value of a Defective Tire Lawsuit
The amount of your defective tire lawsuit or claim will depend on the extent of your provable economic damages. Because defective tire accidents tend to be more severe than many other crashes, the resulting injuries are often severe or life-threatening.
Some of the most common types of injuries related to tire defects include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Neck and spinal cord injuries
- Fractured and crushed bones
Possible Collectible Damages in a Defective Tire Case
To determine the value of your claim, we will collect documentation of your medical and treatment costs to date, as well as any income you lost as a result of your accident.
We will include sums for your future medical care needs and any anticipated income and benefit losses.
We will also help you cover costs to repair or replace your vehicle. Florida law also allows us to include the value of your pain and suffering, emotional damages, and the loss of life’s enjoyment in your case.
Although no financial settlement will make up for a permanent injury or the loss of a body part, it will hold the responsible party accountable for their actions.
Defective Tires have caused Many Injuries and Accidents
Although defective and recalled tires cause many injury accidents and fatalities each year, victims may not realize the underlying cause of these incidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that tires cause approximately 11,000 vehicle accidents every year in the United States. In 2016, malfunctioning tires caused 733 U.S. fatalities and about 19,000 injuries.
Blowouts usually occur when a tire’s materials weaken or fail. This virtually instantaneous loss of pressure makes it difficult, or even impossible, for the driver to maintain control, especially if it happens at a high rate of speed. Consequently, the vehicle could run off the road, crash into other cars, or strike nearby objects.
Although age and improper maintenance can cause tire failure, product defects can put your safety at risk even if you do everything right with your wheels. Even minor tire defects can turn into major problems throughout Florida because hot weather conditions place additional stress on tires.
How a Defective Tire can cause a Car Crash
Manufacturers regularly issue recall notices for defective tires but, often, these safety warnings do not reach consumers. In other cases, the product defect problem remains unidentified until one or more accidents occur.
Defects can occur because of one or more of the following problems:
- Poor design
- Inferior materials
- Quality control problems
- Installation/mounting error
In some cases, tire shops keep stock on the shelves too long and sell them to unsuspecting consumers even after they begin to degrade. This is the legal definition of negligence.
The most common ways defective tires fail include:
- Tread separation
- Sidewall blowouts
- Bead failure or de-beading
If you believe your injury accident resulted from defective tires, you can check your brand on the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association website or NHTSA’s SafeCar site.
Call for a Free Consultation with a Defective Tire Team Member.
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine understand how worried and frustrated you may be. You need to focus on your health and recovery. Let our legal team worry about your lawsuit or defective product claim. We will handle every aspect of your claim or legal action and ensure you have what you need to get your health and life back.
We offer a complimentary case review to determine whether you have options. Call us today for a free consultation with our team.
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