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SJP Sifers Jensen Palmer  June 18, 2024

Who Is Liable for an Accident Caused by a Defective Tire?

A car accident can result in a range of distressing consequences, from financial hardship to a debilitating injury. When the accident is caused by something as unexpected as a defective tire, the stress and overwhelm can be compounded even further. If you've been involved in such an accident, we are here to provide clarity, support, and guidance as you face this challenging time.  

Located in Kansas City, Missouri, SJP Sifers Jensen Palmer has built a reputation as a trusted resource for car accident victims throughout the Kansas City Metropolitan area and Springfield, Missouri. We are committed to helping victims of defective tire accidents secure the compensation they deserve.  

Understanding Tire Defects and Their Impact on Accidents

Tire defects are surprisingly common but difficult to track due to the lack of a universal system for monitoring tire purchases and installations. They can significantly compromise vehicle safety, leading to accidents that may result in injuries or property damage.

Common tire defects include tread separation, sidewall failures, and manufacturing flaws. These issues can cause loss of vehicle control, blowouts, and other hazardous situations while driving. 

The different types of tire defects that may qualify you for compensation include: 

  • Tread separation: When the tread detaches from the tire body. 

  • Sidewall failures: Weakness or blowouts in the tire's sidewall. 

  • Bead failures: Problems with the part of the tire that sits on the wheel rim. 

  • Belt separation: Layers within the tire coming apart due to poor bonding. 

Defective tires can result from several issues, including: 

  • Manufacturing defects: Flaws that occur during the production process. 

  • Design defects: Inherent flaws in the design of the tire itself. 

  • Marketing defects: Insufficient instructions or warnings about the tire's use. 

Understanding the cause of the defect helps determine liability when pursuing compensation. Identifying these defects and their causes can be complex, requiring a thorough investigation, but with us on your side, you can expect tireless advocacy combined with integrity to get the results needed.  

Identifying Liable Parties in Defective Tire Injury Claims

Determining who is responsible for your accident involves scrutinizing various parties, including: 

  • Tire manufacturers: Responsible for producing safe and defect-free products. 

  • Retailers: Obligated to sell products that meet safety standards. 

  • Vehicle manufacturers: If the defect was related to the vehicle's integration with the tire. 

  • Maintenance providers: If improper installation or maintenance contributed to the defect. 

Each of these parties has a role to play, and identifying the liable party is critical for your claim. Our team will work relentlessly to uncover the truth and fight for the justice and compensation you deserve.  

Legal Options for Victims of Defective Tire Accidents 

Victims of accidents caused by defective tires may pursue compensation through various legal avenues, including: 

  • Product liability claims: These claims are against the manufacturer, distributor, or retailer of the defective tire. 

  • Negligence claims: If another party's negligence contributed to the accident, such as improper tire maintenance, victims might also pursue a negligence claim. 

  • Warranty claims: If the tire defect was covered under warranty, you could pursue compensation based on the terms of the warranty. 

Our firm has successfully secured multi-million dollar jury verdicts in auto defect cases, including awards of $31 million, $25 million, and $13 million. A significant number of these cases involve issues with defective tires.  

How to File a Defective Tire Lawsuit 

If you are ready to file a defective tire lawsuit, don’t hesitate to reach out for legal advice to your specific situation. The process of filing a claim will involve the following steps: 

  1. Gather evidence: Document everything related to the accident and the defective tire. 

  1. Consult with legal professionals: Work with us to evaluate your case and determine the best course of action. 

  1. File a claim: Submit your claim with all necessary documentation. 

  1. Negotiate or litigate: Engage in settlement discussions or proceed to court if necessary. 

We will guide you through each step, making sure you understand the process and what to expect. 

Pursuing Compensation in Missouri

When seeking compensation through a claim in Missouri, your compensation can cover various damages, including: 

  • Medical expenses: Current and future medical costs related to the accident 

  • Lost wages: Compensation for time missed from work 

  • Pain and suffering: Non-economic damages for the physical and emotional distress 

  • Property damage: Costs to repair or replace your vehicle 

Accurately determining these damages is essential for achieving fair compensation. It’s also important to know that Missouri follows a fault-based system for car accidents, meaning the party responsible for the accident is liable for damages. Key statutes and laws include: 

  • Statute of limitations: In Missouri, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is typically five years from the date of the accident. 

  • Comparative fault rule: Missouri follows a comparative fault rule, which means if you are partially at fault for the accident, your compensation may be reduced by your percentage of fault. 

Contact Us for Your Defective Tire Accident Case 

Pursuing a defective tire lawsuit without legal assistance can be intimidating. Our team at SJP Sifers Jensen Palmer offers the knowledge, experience, and resources needed to handle your case. We are dedicated to fighting for your rights and for you to receive the compensation you deserve. 

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a defective tire, don't hesitate to reach out to us. At SJP Sifers Jensen Palmer, we are committed to standing by your side every step of the way.  

Together, we can turn this challenging experience into a path toward recovery and justice. Contact SJP Sifers Jensen Palmer today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can help you pursue justice and compensation.