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Category Archives: Tire Defects

The Difference Between Truck Tires and Passenger Car Tires

By Halpern Santos & Pinkert |

Truck tires and passenger car tires are different in construction, and these differences are designed for their intended use and performance. The first and most obvious difference is that truck tires are simply larger and wider than passenger car tires. Beyond this obvious difference a key distinguishing factor is that passenger car tires (and… Read More »

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Even a Race Car Driver Will Lose Control During a Tread Separation

By Halpern Santos & Pinkert |

Florida drivers need to understand the dynamics regarding the loss of vehicle control during a tread separation event. Tread separations occur predominantly in warm weather states. Florida, Texas, Arizona and California experience the highest number of tread separations throughout the country. Heat contributes to the degradation of a tire, and therefore it is no… Read More »

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Deposing the Defense Tire Expert in a Tire Case

By Halpern Santos & Pinkert |

When a tire has failed by tread separation, and allegations are made that the tire was defective, by design and/or manufacture, a defense will undoubtedly be mounted by the tire company that manufactured the tire. As Florida tire attorneys who routinely deal with tire cases, we are not aware of any case where a… Read More »

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To Prevent Spoliation in Tire Cases Use Preservation Letters

By Halpern Santos & Pinkert |

We have previously written that the three principle do’s for tire failure cases are: 1) preserve the evidence; 2) preserve the evidence; and 3) see rules numbers one and two. This is because, except for in rare cases, product defect allegations, including tire defects cannot be proven without the product being available for forensic… Read More »

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The Value of Studying Companion Tires in a Tire Case

By Halpern Santos & Pinkert |

When a tire fails, causing a rollover and catastrophic injuries, an investigation will follow regarding the cause of the tire failure. Tire manufacturers and sellers will rush to propose a catalogue of reasons as to why the tire failed. Not surprisingly, this list will always exclude design and manufacturing defects built into the tire… Read More »

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After the Evidence is Preserved – Sending the Evidence to a Tire Expert

By Halpern Santos & Pinkert |

In a tire case, the most important initial step is to secure and protect the evidence. After this has been accomplished, the tire that has failed will need to be examined by a forensic tire expert. This may seem like a simple straight forward proposition, but getting the tire expert together in the same… Read More »

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Stability Factors In A Tread Separation Case

By Halpern Santos & Pinkert |

The manner in which the tread of a tire peels away during a tread separation event will dynamically affect the stability of the vehicle. Miami tire lawyers need to understand these dynamics because tread separation events happen most frequently in the warm weather states such as Florida, Texas, Arizona, and California. Vehicle dynamic experts… Read More »

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The Perfect Tire Case – There Is No Such Thing

By Halpern Santos & Pinkert |

As Miami trial lawyers, who handle a significant number of tire cases, we have been asked to consider what constitutes a perfect tire case. Upon reflection, we believe that such a case is akin to a unicorn, a mythical beast. The perfect tire case in our view would go something like this: A consumer… Read More »

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Can a Tire Be Defective If It Has a Nail?

By Halpern Santos & Pinkert |

The presence of a nail in a tire that has failed does not necessarily rule out the fact that the tire may have failed as a result of a manufacturing or design defect. While it is true that a nail may cause a tire failure, a full investigation must be made regarding whether or… Read More »

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Tire Blowouts vs. Tread Separations – Know the Difference (Part III)

By Halpern Santos & Pinkert |

This is the last entry in a three part series about the difference between tire blowouts and tread separations. We will focus on the consequences and effects of these two different types of tire failures, having already discussed what happens and what causes these two different events. While the loss of air pressure in… Read More »

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