DANGEROUS PRODUCTS: DEFECTIVE TIRES
Nobody wants to get involved in a car crash. Ever. But in reality, a lot of our time is spent traveling on the road and there are many factors beyond our control. You can take as much precaution and be as defensive a driver as you can be, but every time you’re on the road, you really do run the risk of getting into an accident. And when accidents do happen, you better make sure you have a good lawyer.
The most fatal of car crashes can be caused by defective tires. You hear about it a lot – a car moving at a really high speed, and then one tire blowout causes it to flip over. If you’re driving an SUV, you may even run the risk of flipping over several times. Depending on where you are and how fast you’re going, you might even crash into a few other vehicles, and that’s just a catastrophe waiting to happen.
You’ll need a good lawyer to help you claim damages because in accidents, it’s not just the vehicles that get affected. A serious car crash could cause major injuries and at the worst case, death. Defective tires have been recalled in the past, but this usually only happens when too many accidents have already been reported. Knowing where to find a lawyer just in case you encounter something like this can save you from a lot of headache.
Proof of Fault and Product Liability
Why do you need a lawyer in the first place? For one, when a car accident happens and there are damages and injuries involved, somebody has to take responsibility. This is where your lawyer comes in.
A good personal injury lawyer will help you in proving fault, even when initially, liability is not so clear. Your lawyer will take care of the investigative work, collaborating with safety experts who understand product defects and design flaws. In the case of tire defects, your lawyer will take the angle of product liability. The question always is – could the car manufacturer have made the product safer? If the tire is intrinsically defective, the manufacturer shouldn’t have been selling it in the first place.
Getting to the root cause of the accident and proving that the tire is defective will take some work, and this is where your lawyer is most valuable. Proving negligence and holding tire or car manufacturers accountable will require technical work like looking at tire anatomy, tread separation, inflation, and other manufacturing issues. With years of working with knowledgeable engineers and a lot of experience in identifying useful facts and evidence, a good lawyer can help build a strong product liability case for you and ensure that the somebody takes full responsibility.
Getting the Compensation You Deserve
Having a lawyer is not just about proving that the tire is defective and the manufacturer is at fault. The most important role of your lawyer is to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. Sure, the tire manufacturer may pay you something, but is it the maximum compensation that your case is worth?
You have to understand that no matter where it happens or how it happens, any accident will always be traumatic to an extent. It’s not just about getting your car back in shape or getting someone to pay your hospital bills. Your lawyer’s top priority is to help you get back on your feet, and that begins by helping you obtain full financial recovery from ALL the damages that the defective tire has caused.
Some people may think that it’s just a defective tire – what’s the big deal? The big deal is that someone’s negligence has caused an accident, which in turn has caused damages – immediate and long-term. This is something that clients may at first not be able to fully grasp, but the damages caused by an accident can go far into the future and be beyond what you may be thinking of at first.
The reason why you need a good lawyer is that you need someone who has professional access to doctors and other vocational experts – someone who understands the full extent of the damage caused by the accident. A strong personal injury claim from a good lawyer can help you get compensated for the full extent of the damages you have suffered. This can include:
- Medical expenses – This is the most obvious expense, and the most immediate after an accident happens. Depending on the extent of the injury, this can really balloon so you’ll need to ensure that you’re fully covered. Your lawyer will help talk to your doctor to understand exactly what kind of medical care you need not just today but also in the future.
- Opportunity losses in terms of wages and earning capacity – When you’re injured, you also lose your ability to return to your previous job, at least for the mean time. In some cases, the inability to go back to the same workforce can even be permanent. There are also cases when your capacity to earn wages will be significantly decreased, and when this happens, you’d also want to get compensated for it.
- Suffering and pain – Trauma is a serious thing, and while there are varying degrees, the psychological effects of getting into a serious accident should never be underestimated. People often don’t realize that it’s not just the physical injuries and scars that need healing. The suffering and the pain that you are going through or will continue to go through should be taken into consideration, and your lawyer will help you with this.
- Inability to enjoy life – Another not-so-obvious side effect of getting into a major accident is losing the ability to enjoy life and do the things you used to be able to do freely.
If you’re based in Miami, Ft. Myers, West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, or Boynton Beach, and you want a great team to represent you in a case related to defective tires, wait no more. Contact the Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato anytime.