Lake Havasu City Defective Tire Lawyer
Victims of car accidents caused by defective tires may be eligible for compensation, not only for medical bills for their injuries, but also pain and suffering, property damage and other damages.
Phillips Law Group has been defending the rights of personal injury victims throughout Arizona, including Mohave County, for over 27 years. Altogether, we have recovered over $750 million on behalf of our personal injury clients, including a $1.6 million settlement for a victim who was injured in an accident caused by a tire blowout.
If you think you have a defective tire case, feel free to contact us anytime with any questions you may have. We offer a 100 percent free consultation and you will not be obligated to let us handle your case. We only get paid if we can successfully recover fair compensation on your behalf.
How Do I Know if I Have a Case?
Trying to determine if you are eligible for a defective tire claim can be difficult without the assistance of an experienced attorney.
One of the main questions your lawyer will need to answer is: Was the tire blowout due to a defective design or manufacture?
The attorneys at Phillips Law Group have access to industry experts who may be able to review the accident to provide detailed analysis of how the accident happened. The resources an attorney can bring to bear on a case are an important consideration as you search for legal representation.
Your attorney must also determine the legal theory that may apply to your case. Most defective product cases are filed under one of two theories: strict liability or negligence.
In this type of case, you or your lawyer must be able to prove:
- The tire had an unreasonably dangerous defect that caused harm or property damage.
- Your claim is against a manufacturer, designer or seller that regularly sells tires.
- The tire was used in the manner that it was intended.
- The tire was not modified or significantly changed from how it was originally sold.
Another theory that is commonly used in these types of cases is negligence. You or your lawyer must prove the four elements of negligence were present at the time of the accident to have a valid case. The four elements are:
- Duty of care – This means the at-fault party was in a situation where he or she owed you a duty of care. For example, the company that sold you the tire had a legal duty to ensure their tires were safe to use at the time of purchase.
- Breached of duty of care – For instance, if a manufacturer or seller knew about previous defects with a certain tire and failed to warn its customers, this may be proof of a breached duty of care.
- Causation – There must be a direct link between the actions or inaction of the at-fault party and your injuries. In other words, the injury could have been avoided if the at-fault party had not breached their duty of care.
- Damages were created – The actions or inaction by the at-fault party caused you to suffer damages such as medical expenses, emotional trauma and repairs for your property.
The Lake Havasu defective tire lawyers at Phillips Law Group have extensive knowledge about the many aspects of these cases.
How Much Compensation Could I Receive?
Determining the amount of compensation you may be eligible for is difficult without knowing all the details of your case.
Generally, damages can be broken into two types:
These are financial losses you endured because of the accident, such as:
- Past, present and future medical bills
- Lost income from missing work
- Lost capacity to earn wages
- Property damage
These are subjective damages concerning the psychological and physical effects of your injuries:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Our lawyers understand that this may be a difficult time for you and your loved ones. We work hard to get injury victims the compensation they need for a healthy recovery. If you have a valid case, you can let us handle the stress of the legal process on your behalf, so you can focus on healing.
Phillips Law Group ph:1-800-706-3000.
Is There a Deadline to File a Claim?
The short answer is – yes. The deadline to file a personal injury claim in Arizona is usually two years from the date you discovered your injury, however, there are some exceptions. For instance, if your claim is against a part of the government, you must file notice of claim within 180 days. If you were under the age of 18 when you discovered your injury, you have until two years after your 18th birthday to file your claim.
There may be some other extenuating circumstances that may either lengthen or shorten the amount of time in which you must file your claim, however, if you miss the deadline for your claim it may be dismissed and you may no longer be able to receive compensation.
Our Lake Havasu defective tire attorneys are ready to help determine which deadline may apply to your claim.
What Can a Lawyer Do for Me?
There are many advantages to hiring a Lake Havasu defective tire lawyer. Besides making sure your claim is filed correctly and on time, our lawyers are prepared to handle investigating the scene of the accident.
Some steps we may take to examine your case include:
- Studying the tire to look for broken cables or belts in the tread
- Checking for any separations in the tire walls
- Studying the inner lining to check for any flaws
- Examining the valve stem assembly for any possible issues
Insurance companies like to get involved in the process quickly so they may contact you soon after the accident. Be careful what you say to the insurance adjusters. Most insurance companies will be looking for a way to devalue your claim by holding anything you say or do against you. For example, if you tell them you are feeling okay, they might try to deny your injury claim.
Our lawyers are prepared to deal with the insurance company on your behalf. We have many years of combined experience defending the value of an injury claim from insurance companies.
Give us a call today to schedule your free consultation. 1-800-706-3000
What Causes Tires to Fail?
There are several reasons why tires may fail in certain situations, such as:
- Tread separation
- Bead fracture
- Colliding with a curb
- Crashing into another vehicle or object
- Overloaded vehicle
- Wear and tear
If you are uncertain if your accident was caused by a defective tire, we highly recommend contacting a Lake Havasu defective tire attorney at Phillips Law Group.
What to Do if a Tire Blows Out
Tire blowouts are extremely dangerous, as drivers could easily lose control of their vehicle and crash into another vehicle. Victims could also lose control and veer off the side of the road into a tree or another fixed object.
It is important to know how to react when a tire blows out – taking some practical steps could help lower your risk of a crash and severe injury.
First, avoid slamming on the brakes because it could make it very difficult to control your car. Keep a firm grip on the steering wheel and try to keep it straight so you do not veer off into another lane.
Put on your hazard lights and try to get over to the side of the road. Check your blind spots and move over when it is clear. Once you get to the roadside, apply the brakes very slowly until you come to a complete stop.
Whenever possible, victims should photograph the tire and any damage to their vehicle. This can be extremely important evidence in an injury claim. If you wait to photograph the tire, it could be altered, destroying important evidence that may help show the tire was defective.
Contact a Lake Havasu Defective Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident that may have been caused by a defective tire, contact a trusted Lake Havasu defective tire lawyer from Phillips Law Group. Our firm has served over 155,000 consumer clients since 1993.
Our founding partner, Jeffrey Phillips, is an experienced trial lawyer, having served as lead counsel in over 40 jury trials, and he is a member of the National Trial Lawyers Association – Top 100.
If you think you may have a defective tire case, do not hesitate to call us. The sooner you contact us, the more time we have for investigating your potential case.