Our Michigan accident lawyers have filed several flying wheel injury lawsuits in recent years involving loose tires flying off cars and trucks.
The injuries from these incidents are often catastrophic, and may have resulted in serious injury and even death.
It is important to have a skilled accident attorney on your side to properly investigate and pursue the case.
In these types of accidents, the innocent motorist or motorcyclist was lawfully traveling on the highway and was struck by either a tire or tire fragment from another vehicle.
We are currently working on a case involving a Michigan Department of Transportation Supervisor who was killed when two tires fell off a truck and struck him. He was a supervisor working on the side of the highway on I-94 in Benton Harbor at the time of the incident.
We are pursuing all possible claims against the truck driver and trucking company.
- Investigating accidents caused by flying wheels
- Flying wheel lawsuit settlement example
- Filing lawsuits for injuries caused by flying tires
- Common reasons why tires fly off trucks and cars
Why You Need a Lawyer to Investigate the Accident
If possible, you should contact our law firm as soon as possible after an accident. We need to investigate the reason that a tire or wheel came off the vehicle on the highway. This obviously should not happen if the truck was properly maintained and in good condition.
The truck and its parts should be inspected within days of the accident. When you hire our firm, we will demand that the trucking company or vehicle owner preserve the truck without making any repairs or modifications before it is inspected. We also will attempt to get the tire or wheel from the police department and have it inspected for defects as well.
When you hire us for your case, we will take the following actions as soon as possible:
- Demand the vehicle be preserved and all parts be saved
- Inspect and photograph the truck, trailer, or automobile
- Hire experts to evaluate the vehicle and may include a mechanic, a metallurgist, and accident reconstruction expert. We may also hire an expert on tire safety and tire separation issues.
- Get the vehicle black box downloaded to capture all of the events leading up to and at the time of the tire came off the vehicle.
- Get all police reports and accident reconstruction reports from city and state investigators
- Have our own investigator out to the scene, if possible, to interview witnesses and search for video surveillance that will be helpful for the case.
You can be assured that the trucking company will have its own investigators and engineers out to the scene and to inspect the vehicle. It is essential that our experts are there at the same time to prevent any tampering with the evidence or destruction of the truck parts. This is essential to proving negligence and holding the company liable for the harm caused by the flying tire.
Flying Wheel Off Truck Case Study
A passenger in a co-workers pickup truck suffered catastrophic injuries from a tire that fell off of another vehicle. The tire smashed through the windshield and struck him. He was knocked unconscious and remained that way until EMS personnel arrived.
The passenger suffered a traumatic brain injury and spinal injuries that resulted in two surgeries. A lawsuit was filed against the driver, a car dealership service department, and a tire company. The claims against the dealer and tire company alleged a failure to properly maintain the vehicle and attach the wheels and tire to the vehicle.
The parties hired expert witnesses during a contested litigation. This included engineers, a metallurgist, and a forensic mechanic.
The case resulted in a $3.17 million settlement.
Common Reasons Why Tires Fly Off Trucks
In most cases, these incidents were completely preventable, had the vehicle owner performed proper maintenance and inspections of the trucks and wheels. The common reasons why they come off a motor vehicle while it is being driven, include:
- Broken axels, or axels in disrepair or rusted
- Hub separations, such as when a wheel bearing fails
- Failure of the wheel itself or wheel fasteners
- Poor maintenance or total lack of any maintenance
- Defective parts or improper installation of parts
Many times, these events occur shortly after repairs have been made to the vehicle or new wheels were installed. The lack of proper maintenance and the failure to properly inspect the vehicle before it goes out on the road can provide the basis for liability in a flying tire lawsuit.
Filing Lawsuits for Flying Wheel Cases
Any person injured by a flying wheel or tire should hire our legal team to file a lawsuit. These cases often result in substantial settlements for victims and their families. A Michigan case recently settled for more than $ 3,000,000 for the family of a college student who died after being struck by a flying tire.
Trucking companies are required by law to have significant liability insurance policies. These policy limits help to compensate the victims for the injuries and harm caused by the incident. In addition, owners of non-commercial vehicles also have insurance to pay settlements in these cases.
Compensation payouts include settlement money for pain and suffering, fright and shock, disability, and psychological damages. Some cases include payouts for lost wages and excess medical bills. The victim can also file a claim under the Michigan No-Fault insurance law to pay for medical expenses and other benefits. In fatal injury cases, the family can file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Get Help from our Tire Flew Off Injury Lawyers
You need the best Michigan accident attorneys for your flying wheel injury case.
Choosing an attorney without experience in these cases may result in you receiving no compensation at all. Call us now and we will start working on your case immediately. We will do everything possible to prove and win you a great settlement.
We will handle your case under our No Fee Promise. This means there is never a legal fee or charge unless you get a settlement check. If your case is not won for any reason, you owe us nothing!
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