An Irving tire blowout accident lawyer from Trujillo & Sanchez, P.C. could help you seek compensation if you were in a tire blowout accident. Whether the blown-out tire was on your car or another vehicle, the at-fault party could have to pay for the harm you suffered.
Tire blowout crashes can cause severe and fatal injuries. If your close relative died because of one of these collisions, we could seek additional compensation for the legal beneficiaries.
Defects and Other Causes of Tire Blowouts
One might assume that a tire blowout was the result of a defective tire, but there are several other things that can cause tire failure. Blowouts, flats, and tread separation can happen because of these reasons, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- Road hazards
- Cuts or slashes in the tire
- Other tire irregularities
- Incorrect tire pressure
- Carrying too much weight for the tire or the vehicle
The cause of the tire blowout will be a significant factor in who could be held accountable for your injuries and losses.
Who Can Be Liable for a Tire Blowout Crash
Whoever was negligent in a way that caused the accident can be responsible for the harm that resulted. Here are some possibilities:
- If one of the vehicles had a tire blowout because of a defective tire, you might be able to sue the tire maker.
- If a road hazard damaged a tire and caused it to blow out, the government agency responsible for maintaining the roadway could be liable.
- If you got hurt because someone else’s tire blew out as a result of being “bald,” having improper tire pressure, or carrying too much weight for that tire or vehicle, you could sue the party responsible for that error.
We will be happy to talk to you and explore who might be at fault in the tire blowout accident that injured you.
What We Have to Prove to Hold Someone Liable for Your Injuries
Texas law requires us to prove all four of these factors in a negligence case:
- The at-fault party owed you a legal duty. Everyone who operates a motor vehicle on public streets and highways in Texas has an obligation to maintain their car in a roadworthy condition.
- Breach of the duty. Let’s say that the tire blowout happened because the driver of the other car had tires that had barely any tread, in other words, the tires were “bald.” Driving a car in that situation violates the legal obligation to maintain a car in roadworthy condition, so the driver was negligent.
- Causation. The careless conduct must be what caused the accident. The bald tires led to a tire blowout, which sent that vehicle careening out of control and into your car. This scenario satisfies the causation requirement for liability.
- Damages. If you were lucky enough to have a “near miss” instead of a collision, you are unlikely to qualify for compensation from the negligent driver. On the other hand, if you suffered injuries and other damages in a crash caused by someone else’s carelessness, we can pursue an injury claim or lawsuit on your behalf.
You do not have to learn the law about legal liability and negligence. We’ve got you covered. We may be able to prove the at-fault party’s negligence and obtain the compensation you deserve.
Types of Money Damages After a Tire Blowout Collision
The kinds of compensation you could pursue for your injuries and losses will depend on the unique facts of your situation. Common categories of money damages include medical expenses to treat your wounds, lost wages, long-term impairment from your injuries, and pain and suffering.
We will determine the damages you are eligible to receive compensation for and fight for the coverage you are owed.
Pitfalls to Avoid After a Tire Blowout Crash
Things can happen after the accident that could take money out of your pocket when it comes time to settle your injury claim or go to trial. Here are a few of the common mistakes that could decrease the financial value of your case:
- The insurance claims adjuster might ask you to give a recorded statement. We do not recommend that our clients give recorded statements because they only benefit the insurer, not you. The claims adjuster can go through the transcript and take your words out of context to try to pay you less money or even blame you for the accident.
- Do not apologize to anyone for the accident. You might merely be expressing sympathy and good manners, but the at-fault party might use your kind words against you as an admission of fault.
- Stay off of social media. The defendant could access pictures of the crash scene or your injuries regardless of the privacy settings on your social media account. A comment written when upset about the collision could come back to haunt you in the injury case. It is best to take a social media recess when your injury claim is pending.
These are but a few of the things that could give the insurance company an argument for denying your injury claim or paying you less money than they should.
How Much Our Irving Tire Blowout Accident Attorney Costs
We handle personal injury cases like tire blowout accidents on a contingency-fee basis. Here is how this fee arrangement works:
- You do not have to pay any upfront legal fees to us.
- We investigate and handle the entire case for you while you can get the rest you need to recuperate from your wounds.
- When you get a settlement or verdict, we receive a portion of that for our fees. There will not be any surprises because we give you a written fee agreement at the beginning of the case that explains all the terms.
That’s it. You do not have to be wealthy to hire our Irving tire blowout accident lawyer who will handle your injury claim.
How We Can Help with Your Dallas County Accident Injury Claim
We can investigate your accident, build your case for compensation, and negotiate directly with the at-fault party’s insurer for you. If appropriate, we can take your injury case to court and ask a judge or jury to award money damages. James D. Trujillo and his team are ready to go to bat for you.
You can contact Trujillo & Sanchez, P.C. today for a free consultation. There is no obligation.