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Attorney Zane Cagle

Posted on July 25th, 2012,
by Zane Cagle

Tire Blowouts Can Be Deadly in High Traffic Areas Like St. Louis, Missouri

Posted on July 25th, 2012 by Zane Cagle

Experiencing a tire blowout is terrifying. The sense of loss of control is scary beyond words.  I have actually experienced a tire blowout in the last year and it was terrifying.  I was fortunate to be in a car that you can drive on the rims in the instance of a blowout. I was on Interstate 70 and semi -trucks were all around me—could have easily been the end of me.

It seems that lately I have read numerous news articles about serious injuries and fatalities due to tire blowouts.  I came across a tragic story out of Texas involving the death of 14 undocumented immigrants in Texas. According to authorities, the driver lost control because the right tire came apart or because of a manufacturing issue. Twenty-three people were crammed into the bed and cab of a pickup truck when it veered off of a rural highway 90miles southeast of San Antonio according to Fox News Latino.

According to officers working the accident, several said it was the worst accident they had seen in 30 plus years of working car accidents. As well, another officer said it was the most people he had ever seen in one passenger vehicle.

So what does this tragic accident in Texas have to do with a Missouri personal injury attorney such as myself? It is alarming to me as I have seen several tire blowout accidents resulting in fatalities in the last month.  At the end of June, a 49-yr old father was killed and six others injured when their Chevrolet Astro van had a tire blowout on I-55 in Missouri.

Also, at the end of June was a tire blowout on a Ford Explorer on I-40 that killed an Arkansas woman and injured two. The fatality victim was thrown from the car.

As well, I read about a Florida victim of similar type of accident that involved a tire blowout.

My first question is…..What kind of tires do these individuals involved in these crashes have ? Were there ever any recalls on these tires?  Yearly, Missouri residents have their car’s inspected and tire inspections are customary.  One would think that a tire must have severe wear and tear in order to blow out, but this is not always true. Some tires are defective and little wear and tear will still result in a blowout.  If you are traveling on an interstate or busy highway, a tire blowout can easily cause a serious if not fatal accident.

If you or a loved one has been the victim in an accident where you question if the tire blowout was caused by the manufacturer, then you should consult a personal injury attorney. Often, in a tire blowout situation, you will not know about a defective tire unless a recall was issued. However, a personal injury attorney has the resources to do a thorough investigation into the type of type, year and performance history.  Of course, a tire blowout can just happen on occasion, but I’m reading about far too many.  A depressed economy where vehicle owners are trying to get more miles out of each tire can be a contributing factor in the increase in tire blowouts, but I seriously doubt in all of the four described instances, unusual circumstances existed.  Loss of life or serious injury due to a defective product is beyond tragic because it is preventable.

Victims of any kind of accident should first seek medical care, refuse to sign insurance releases, and consult an experienced personal injury attorney.  Good personal injury attorneys offer free consultations. Call us 1(314) 276-1681 if you need to talk to a qualified attorney, call us.