Every day, thousands of people are involved in car accidents in the United States. Among the most common causes of accidents are driver distraction, carelessness, and poor driving conditions. However, there is a factor that causes auto wrecks each year, but gets much less attention.
One significant cause of many car accidents is defective auto parts. Whether the part is a stock part that came on a particular vehicle or series of vehicles, or an aftermarket part that many people have had installed on their cars, there are numerous accidents every year that are caused by a defectively designed or manufactured auto part. The most common example may be defective tires, but there are many auto parts that can cause serious injuries if they are defective. Learn more about defective tire related auto accidents below.
Have you or a loved one been seriously injured in a car accident that you believe was caused by a defective auto part? Speak with an experienced Fort Collins car accident attorney immediately to discuss your options.
In 2017 there were 738 fatalities in tire-related car accidents, and about 19,000 people are injured annually in these types of accidents, accidents that are often preventable. Defective tires are dangerous for obvious reasons, they are the part of the car that makes contact with the road after all, so if there is a problem with a car’s tires, effectively that means there is a potential problem with the whole automobile.
But there are other aspects that people don’t always take into consideration. For instance, on rainy days, if your tires aren’t properly holding air pressure, or if there is some other defect you may not be aware of, the stopping distance for your car, basically the distance required for your car to come to a complete stop when you brake, is reduced dramatically. And that can have serious consequences.
One of the most common defects among car tires is tread separation. In a few unfortunate cases, the tread of a tire may separate from the rest of the tire while the car is in motion. If this happens on the highway, it is very likely that there will be a collision or possibly even a rollover. These accidents are just about impossible to predict or prevent. The injuries involved, especially if a vehicle rolls, or if a car ends up in a head-on collision with oncoming traffic, can be catastrophic. In many cases, people without adequate insurance coverage have found themselves in debt, needing a debt management professional to help them out.
Fowler Law Firm specializes in handling insurance denial, dispute, and bad faith cases in Fort Collins and throughout the State of Colorado. We have extensive experience in dealing with insurance companies, which we will use to your advantage by pursuing a fair settlement for your injuries and losses. Contact us today at (970) 232-3322 or by filling out the contact form on this site to find out how we can help with your insurance claim or lawsuit.