Flying Tire Accident Kills Mom With 5 Kids
A mother of 5 was killed when a tire came off a Jeep Renegade traveling in the opposite lane and struck the windshield, according to a recent news article. The driver was the only person to suffer injury in the accident. The tire crushed the cabin of the vehicle on the driver’s side after it struck the windshield. The accident happened at 12:22 p.m. on October 1st.
The driver of the vehicle that caused the accident was driving in the eastbound lanes. The tire flew off the vehicle into oncoming traffic and hit the windshield on the driver’s side of the car. The 53-year-old victim died at the scene. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the accident. Alcohol and speed were not considered factors. Nonetheless, drivers are generally responsible when accidents like this occur. Every individual is responsible for the maintenance of their own vehicle. It remains unclear why the tire came off the vehicle.
Analyzing liability in flying tire accidents
As mentioned previously, drivers are responsible for the maintenance of their vehicles. When a tire flies off a vehicle, it likely has something to do with improper maintenance. It could also be that the tire was recently replaced and not fixed to the car properly. When that happens, it could be the fault of whoever put the tire on the vehicle including a company that the victim paid to have the tire replaced.
Flying tire accidents may seem like freak accidents superficially, but there is always a reason why the tire became dislodged from the vehicle. In many cases, the driver is solely responsible for ensuring the roadworthiness of their car. When an accident like this occurs, the driver can be sued for negligence.
In this case, the five children and a husband escaped injury from the accident after the tire struck the driver’s side of the windshield, crushing the cabin. The family can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver of the vehicle and their insurance policy. The insurance policy will likely not cover damages sought in a wrongful death lawsuit, but the insurance policy will pay out the policy limit to the family.
Flying tire accidents are often fatal. In the aforementioned accident, the force at which the tire struck the windshield crushed the cabin on the driver’s side of the SUV the victim was driving. For an accident like this to occur, the bolts on the wheel must give way and cause the tire to fly off the vehicle. The driver is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the vehicle is in safe working condition when they take it out on a trip.
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