Tire Defect Causes Explosive Tread Separation of Tire
FACTS & ALLEGATIONS:
Michael Doe, 36, had just finished mounting a Titan 18.4-30 heavy-duty R1 tractor tire on its rim and was putting a valve stem in the tire when a bead on the tire failed. The tire rim assembly separated explosively, striking him in the head. Doe suffered fatal head injuries. He had been a tire serviceman earning $25,000 annually and is survived by his parents, wife, adult daughter and minor son.
Doe’s parents, daughter, wife and on behalf of his son, sued the manufacturer of the tire, alleging defective design in that the tire’s bead design incorporated several side-by-side layers of .037-inch wires, requiring each wire to be terminated on top and on bottom of the bead.
Plaintiffs claimed that each termination point created a weak area where stress concentrated on the bead.
RESULT: SETTLEMENT for $2,300,000 with $1,376,000 net to client after payment of $42,116 for expenses and $881,666 for attorney’s fees.
Rob Ammons is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, in addition to being Board Certified in Civil Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Rob Ammons’ law practice, The Ammons Law Firm, is located in Houston, Texas. The Ammons Law Firm practice is exclusively personal injury law, handling such cases as: tire defects, oil rig explosions, truck accidents, plant explosions, refinery accidents, wrongful death, post-collision fires, seat belt defects, airbag defects, SUV rollovers and workplace negligence.