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Continental Tire Failures & Recalls 

Truck tires produced by Continental Tires and other large tire companies such as Cooper Tires, Bridgestone-Firestone, Michelin Tire and Goodyear may be responsible for hundreds of serious accidents and fatalities each year.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Tire malfunction and tire failures are the primary cause of over 11,000 annual road collisions and deaths in the United States. The majority of commercial truck accidents, involving delivery tractor-trailer trucks, are largely preventable.

If Continental Tires and other tire manufacturers are continually held legally responsible for producing safe and reliable products, America’s roadways will be much safer year after year.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Ohio product liability lawyer, with years of experience investigating the causes of serious auto accidents, and settling accident claims nationwide.


Continental Tire Recalls


Defective Tire Recalls are a monthly occurrence in the tire industry. Unfortunately, tire producers are not always willing to recall tires until after several serious accidents have occurred. Some recent recalls include the following:

•    In 2015, Continental Tire the Americas voluntarily recalled almost 15,000 Continental CrossContact LX20 tires, manufactured in May, 2015. According to the NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation, the tires may have insufficient adhesion within the belt package, were potentially contaminated, and could result in “partial or full tread/belt loss, increasing the risk of a crash.”
•    Also in 2015, Continental recalled approximately 3,800 Continental ContiProContact P205/65 R15 95T XL tires because they may experience Defective Tire Treads, and increase the risk of a crash.
•    In 2009, Continental Tire recalled about 390,000 Contitrac tires. The company said some of the tires may experience uneven wear and, in some cases, separation between the belt edges. This can lead to tread belt separation, increasing the risk of a crash.
•    In 2002, Continental recalled more than half a million tires used on Ford Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators. The company stated the tires were “not performing up to standard.”


Recalled Tires


•    Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. Tires
•    Uniroyal-Goodrich Tires
•    Bridgestone-Firestone Tires
•    Yokohama
•    Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company Tires
•    Michelin Tires
•    Dunlop Tires
•    Continental Tires
•    Pro-Line Tires
•    Titan Tire Corporation Tires

 


Tire Defects & Continental Recalls


Continental tire recalls may be issued for a number of reasons, including the following:

•    Tire tread separation risks
•    Tire blowouts
•    Unsafe tire design
•    Insufficient resistance to aging
•    Material contamination
•    Tires fail road safety specifications
•    Steel belt separation
•    Tires produced without all specified components
•    Tire showing cracks
•    Incomplete adhesion of tire components
•    Unsuitable tread depth
•    Rusting of steel tire cables
•    Corrosion of components
•    Tire unsuitable for specific vehicles
•    Retread failure risk
•    Material manufacturing defects


Defective Tire Accidents & Injury


•    Orthopedic Injuries
•    Rollover Injuries
•    Deceleration/whiplash injuries
•    burn accident
•    Neck & Spinal Injury
•    Traumatic Brain Injuries
•    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)


Defective Continental Tires Accidents & Settlements


Defective tires are the primary cause of thousands of car and truck accidents each year on highways and other roadways. Tire manufacturers such as Continental have a clear legal duty to produce safe products for trucks and automobiles to ensure the safety of all motorists.

When tire producers are aware that their tires are defective, they have a responsibility to inform safety authorities and consumers. Manufacturers like Continental are responsible for contributing to a safe work and transport environment in America, and if they fail to provide consumers with safe products, they may be held responsible for their negligence.

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Serious injuries and accidents often result through no fault of the injured party, yet the injured victim suffers from life altering physical, mental and financial losses. Such economic and human losses can have devastating financial consequences on individuals and families if not properly compensated. Tort law allows those individuals to seek just legal recourse through personal injury lawsuits.

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Questions about Continental Tire Failures & Recalls

What is a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

Any kind of negligence by an individual or company that causes injury or harm can lead to filing a personal injury lawsuit. The amount a plaintiff is entitled to depends on several factors, particularly how egregious the act and how serious the injury.

Personal injury attorneys generally only will take cases on a confidential and contingency fee basis, which means your lawyer will only get paid if he or she is able to reach a settlement or positive verdict. The Lyon Firm will review your case for free and assess what compensation any plaintiff can expect through litigation.

Personal Injury cases can range from minor auto accidents to complex lawsuits filed against large corporations. The Lyon Firm has handled both with equal care. Severe injury requires legal action on occasion, no matter if the injury is the result of a vehicle accident, a dog bite, a boating accident, workplace injury, defective consumer products, medical malpractice, or toxic exposure.

What is the Process?

Pre-Suit Investigation and Negotiations: Personal injury lawsuits are unique and require a thorough investigation before a lawsuit is filed. An initial investigation involves gathering all relevant medical records, accident reports, and interviews with available witnesses.  Preservation letters are drafted to notify the defendant of the case. The duty to preserve electronic evidence is critical in most cases to prevent spoliation.

Filing a Lawsuit in Cincinnati: If pre-suit negotiations are unsuccessful, then a lawsuit must be filed to preserve the statute of limitations.  Filing a lawsuit early in the process is often necessary to begin gathering evidence while the witnesses memories are fresh and documents remain available.

Once suit is filed by your personal injury lawyer, the court will set a case management schedule and the parties will begin exchanging information in the formal process of discovery. Depositions will be taken to preserve testimony for trial and to understand what certain witnesses are likely to say at trial.

Proving Negligence, Causation and Damages: In addition to lay witness testimony and other documentary evidence, personal injury claims rely upon medical and scientific evidence to prove negligence, causation and damages. The chosen expert in a case must have a reliable and sound basis in science and in the facts of the case or his opinion may not be admissible under the rules of evidence.

In the areas of Toxic and Environmental Torts, the admission of expert testimony may be scrutinized harder than in other areas simply because the subject may not have been as widely tested and may rest on novel scientific theories.

Has My Car Been Recalled?

Consumers can follow recall news or search for current and past recalls on the Web sites of the NHTSA, as well as on other car safety advocate outlets. Look on your car windshield for a 17-character Vehicle Identification Number. Your VIN is also located on your car’s registration card.

If your car has been recalled and you have suffered an injury, contact an auto defect attorney to investigate a potential claim

Can I File an Auto Defect Lawsuit?

You may not be aware that your car is defective. It is not always obvious when your seat belt or other safety component fails to function as intended. It can take an expert in auto engineering to determine what contributed to an accident or injury.

You can contact The Lyon Firm, and we will work diligently to review your auto accident case. If an auto defect was in part responsible for an auto injury, a lawsuit can be filed and a large settlement is likely.

If negligent manufacturers and automakers are directly responsible for an auto-related injury, a product liability and personal injury lawsuit may be filed and compensation may be recovered for accident victims. Plaintiffs may seek compensation that may include property damages, past and future medical expenses, lost wages and future earnings, and pain and suffering.

The Lyon Firm takes pride in representing consumers to make America’s roads safer by holding negligent auto manufacturers accountable for auto defects that lead to accidents and injuries. When car makers fail to institute basic safety measures and fail to test auto components before releasing cars tot he public, they may be targeted in product liability lawsuits.

Did an Auto Defect Cause my Accident?

Auto defects have been known to cause accidents in tire failure, tread separation accidents, brake malfunction and sudden acceleration cases.

Auto defects may not cause every accident, but they can play an integral part in causing injury in the event of an accident. This is common in defective seat back collapse, seat belt defects and airbag defects. When these crucial safety features fail to function as they were intended.

Who is Responsible for Auto Defects?

Auto manufacturers and car makers can be held liable in auto defect lawsuits. Many automakers outsource some of their production and may not always be aware of some defects. Honda, for example, purchased all their defective airbags from Takata.

Some defective auto part suits name other defendants like negligent auto dealerships or auto repair shops who alter car parts or fail to properly repair automobiles and leave a serious safety risk.

What Cars are Defective?

The list of defective automobiles changes each year, and it is more likely that certain components are defective rather than an entire brand name. Nowadays many car makers use the same third-party suppliers, which compounds safety issues when a defective auto part is produced.

What are the Most common Auto Defects?

In recent years, the most common auto defects have been faulty airbags. Millions of cars were recalled for defective airbags. Other common auto defects are defective throttles, defective car software, and tire failures. Tire failure has been an issue in many car accidents and truck accidents.

Why Hire a Product Liability Attorney?

A Cincinnati Auto Defect Lawyer can assist in not only reviewing your accident and injury case, but is able to hold large corporations accountable for the negligent actions in releasing unsafe products to the public.

Auto companies must be held liable in order to keep the roads safe in America. So not only can The Lyon Firm seek compensation for injured plaintiffs, but we can file lawsuits to punish car makers for failing to properly test their auto parts before they are sold to the public.

When car makers fail to produce reliable cars and fail to provide basic road safety features, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and product liability attorneys can hold them responsible and help mitigate injuries and future damages.

The majority of accidents and injuries on the road are preventable, but defective auto design and manufacturing defects may leave victims with huge medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and, in many cases, permanent injuries.

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The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against negligent individuals or companies to obtain just compensation under the law. 

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WRONGFUL DEATH: DISTRACTED DRIVER

(Brown County, Kentucky):   The Lyon Firm was second chair a case involving a driver texting and driving when he crossed the median, killing a father of four. The case was resolved once discovery confirmed the cell phone records proved the texting-related incident. The settlement will pay for the surviving childrens’ education. The driver was likely facing additional criminal charges at the time of the settlement.

$495,000

MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

(Cincinnati, Ohio):  The Lyon Firm was lead counsel in a $495,000 settlement. This case involved a motorcycle operator who sustained fractures of the calcaneus, talus, medial cuneiform, tarsal bones, and tarsometatarsal when a car ignored its driving lane and crossed into his right-of-way. Settlement provided repayment of medical bills of $20,000 and funds for future education to re-enter the work force in a less physically-demanding job.


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