Tire Tread Separation Leads to Loss of Control of Car
FACTS & ALLEGATIONS:
Christina Doe, 36, was driving an SUV when the right rear tire, a Firestone FR721 suffered a tread separation. Doe lost control of the SUV, which veered into the oncoming lane and collided with another vehicle.
Doe suffered a closed-head injury, left pneumothorax with cervical subcutaneous emphysema, a fracture and dislocation of the left elbow, bruising across her breasts and sternum, scalp and tibial lacerations, a non-displaced fracture of T-7 and a fractured left fibula. She is weak on the left side of her body and will never regain full use of her left arm and suffers considerable pain in her left arm and knee.
An occupant of the other vehicle in the collision was killed, and another occupant was injured. The injured occupant and her husband and the wrongful death beneficiaries of the deceased occupant sued the manufacturer of the tire and Doe, who in turn sued the manufacturer as cross-plaintiff.
Cross-plaintiff alleged the tire was defective and unreasonable dangerous in that the belts had separated. Specifically, she asserted that the tire failed when the upper belt edge began separating from the lower belt edge and the shoulder rubber of the tread above it, ultimately causing the top belt and tread to abruptly shear off.
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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.