Tucson Defective Tire Attorney
Defective tires can lead to devasting accidents that may cause victims to suffer debilitating injuries or property damage. If you or a loved were injured in an accident because of a defective tire, you may have legal options.
Contact an experienced Tucson defective tire attorney from Phillips Law Group today. Our firm has over 27 years of experience representing accident victims, including a $700,000 recovery for a wrongful death caused by a rollover accident involving a tire blowout.
Our legal team is available to discuss your situation during a free, no obligation consultation. When you work with us, you will not be charged any upfront costs or legal fees. We only get paid if we successfully obtain compensation for you.
Do I Have a Case?
In order to pursue compensation for the damages you have experienced, our lawyers must first establish that you have a viable case. During a free consultation, you can discuss your situation and whether there may be a basis for a claim.
This theory holds product designers, manufacturers and sellers responsible for damages incurred because of the injuries caused by the product. If strict liability does apply, you do not have to prove the manufacturer was negligent.
However, you and your lawyer must establish the following:
- The tire had an unreasonably dangerous defect that caused you to suffer an injury.
- The defect caused your injury while being used in the way that it was intended.
- The tire had not been substantially changed from its original condition after you had purchased it.
- The claim is against a manufacturer whose business it is to sell tires regularly.
In cases involving negligence, victims may be able to obtain compensation if they can prove the at-fault person or entity acted in a careless manner and this resulted in his or her injury.
There are four elements of negligence that must be established:
- Duty of care – This means the at-fault party owed you a duty to act in a reasonable manner that would prevent harm to itself and others. For example, a manufacturer that sells tires should ensure they are in good condition and safe for the road before selling them to customers.
- Breach of duty of care – A breach of duty of care occurs when the at-fault party fails to uphold its legal responsibility and act as a reasonable person would under similar circumstances. An example of a breach would be a seller failing to warn consumers of a known defect in the tire that causes blowouts.
- Causation – This means the at-fault party’s actions directly caused you to suffer an injury. For example, if the tire’s thread been properly bonded in the manufacturing process, it would not have separated, and you would not have been harmed.
- Damages – It is not enough to show that you were injured because of the negligence of another. You must also prove that your injury resulted in you suffering damages. This could include medical expenses and lost wages from missed time at work.
At Phillips Law Group, our lawyers are available to review your situation during a 100 percent free consultation. If we determine that you have a case, we are prepared to conduct a thorough investigation on your behalf.
How Much is My Case Worth?
The types of damages you could pursue, and value of your potential case will depend on many factors unique to your situation. You may be eligible to recover the following economic and non-economic damages:
These damages are the financial losses you experienced after an accident. Typically, it is easy to prove these damages with receipts and documentation. Examples could include:
- Past, present and future medical costs
- Hospital bills
- Costs of emergency care
- Medical assistive equipment
- Prescription medication
- Property damage
- Loss of income
- Loss of earning capacity
- Funeral and burial costs
These damages are more difficult to measure as they do not have an exact dollar amount. They are related to the physical and emotional hardships endured. Examples could include:
- Loss of quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of companionship
Need help? Call us today to set up your free, legal consultation at 1-800-706-3000.
Is There a Time Limit to File My Case?
If you have been injured in an accident involving a defective tire, you generally must take legal action within two years from the date of your injury. This is because of Arizona’s statute of limitations. This law sets a limit on the amount of time victims have to take legal action. Cases filed after the deadline may be dismissed and victims may be barred from seeking compensation for any damages.
However, each case is unique. There may be certain situations in which this time limit could be extended or shortened. That is why we encourage that you speak to a licensed Tucson defective tire attorney at our firm. We are ready to review your claim and discuss your legal options whenever it is most convenient to you.
How Can a Lawyer from Phillips Law Group Help?
When you are involved in an accident, the insurance company from the at-fault party will most likely reach out to you to get you to settle your claim quickly. This may seem like good practice, but it is important to remember that insurance adjusters are trying to protect the insurance company’s best interests.
Insurance adjusters do this by using certain tactics like having you record a statement or sign certain documentation before you have a chance to speak to a lawyer who understands how to handle these cases. This is all part of an attempt to devalue your claim so the insurance company can save money.
An experienced lawyer from Phillips Law Group is aware of tactics insurance companies use to devalue or diminish claims. If we represent you, we are prepared to handle all communications and negotiations with the insurer on your behalf to try to pursue maximum recovery.
The lawyers at our firm know how to thoroughly investigate and gather evidence. There are many steps we may take to investigate a defective tire claim, such as:
- Studying the tire to find any broken belts or cables in the tread
- Searching for any indications of wall separation
- Looking at the inner lining on the tire to see if it may have been compromised
- Studying the valve stem assembly for defects
Our firm also has access to industry experts who can help us to fully study the tire and try to discover what happened.
Common Causes of Tire Defects
Tires can fail for a number of reasons. Some common examples of tire defects include:
- Wear and tear
- Tread separation
- Bead fracture
- Colliding with curbs
- Hitting another vehicle or obstacle
- Overloaded vehicles
If you or a loved one was injured because of a defective tire, you can call Phillips Law Group to learn more about your possible legal options. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can set up your free consultation whenever it is convenient for you.
How to Respond to a Tire Blowout
Despite your best efforts, a tire could blow out while you are driving. It could be because of a defect in the tire that a manufacturer could be held liable for.
It is important to be prepared for this and know what to do to try to stay safe and avoid a crash with another vehicle, guardrail or fixed object nearby. Some steps include:
- Gripping the wheel firmly to try to maintain control
- Applying the brakes slowly – avoid slamming on them because that is how you could lose control
- Check your mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes and only change lanes when it is safe to do so
- Bring the vehicle to a stop slowly
- Turn on your hazard lights to alert other drivers
- If it is safe to do so, get out and take pictures of the tire
- Change the tire or call your insurance company so they can send roadside assistance to change the tire for you
Contact a Tucson Defective Tire Lawyer Today
The Tucson defective tire lawyers at Phillips Law Group are prepared to negotiate fair compensation for you. For 27-plus years, we have provided legal counsel to residents in Pima County and across the state of Arizona, including those injured by defective products.
Our initial consultations are 100 percent free and at no risk or obligation for you to pursue legal action. Because we work on a contingency fee basis, we do not charge upfront fees for our services. We only get paid if we you help you recover compensation.
We look forward to helping you. Call us today at 1-800-706-3000.