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Georgia Woman Killed in Automobile Accident Resulting from Tire Failure

On Friday morning, a Georgia woman was killed in an automobile collision that occurred when her vehicle was struck by a truck tire that came loose on Interstate 85 near Clairmont Road. Witnesses reported that the tire separated from a truck that was driving in the opposite direction. The tire flew about 50 feet in the air and crossed a concrete median and several lanes of busy rush hour traffic before hitting the woman’s car. The woman’s van was struck at the location where the windshield and roof meet, ripping off the vehicle’s roof and killing the driver on impact. The woman was driving her 16 year old daughter to school; the student did not sustain any injuries. The truck driver also escaped the accident unharmed.

DeKalb Police have not yet determined what caused the tire to come off the truck. However, the truck driver informed police officers that he was forced to make a defensive maneuver in order to prevent a collision when another vehicle came into his lane.

Tire failure is responsible for five automobile accident fatalities a year.

Tire failure can cause serious automobile accidents, which lead to injury and death. According to the most recent data available from the Georgia Department of Transportation, approximately five fatalities a year are attributed to tire failure that resulted in vehicle collisions on Georgia roadways.

An attorney can determine whether tire failure was the result of negligence.

There are a variety of reasons why a party may be liable to you for negligence resulting from tire failure.

Defective Tires:

Defective tires are usually the result of an error in the manufacturing process. A manufacturer may recall a product if they realize that the product is defective or unsafe. When this happens the manufacturer will replace the product and pay for the damages that result from using the defective product.

However, sometimes a tire defect is unique to a single tire or the manufacturer has not yet learned of the product defect when an accident occurs. The manufacturer is still liable for the damages that result from the defective tire.

Failure to Maintain or Inspect:

In some circumstances, tire failure is caused by the owner’s improper maintenance, or lack of maintenance to the tire. For example, in the case of commercial trucks, a trucking company or commercial driver may be driving on a tire with a tread depth that is lower than the minimum standards set by the Department of Transportation. Or, they may have paired tires with significantly different wear or mounted mismatched tire sizes.

Tire failure may also be caused by an owner’s failure to inspect tires before a trip. For example, inspection of a commercial truck can identify improper tire pressure, and worn or damaged tires, which can lead to a truck accidents.

If you have been involved in an accident that was caused by tire failure, you should speak to an attorney immediately. An attorney can review the facts of your case and determine whether your accident was caused by the negligence of another party. If so, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.