Tire maker sued in fatal cycle crash

According to the Pittsburg Gazette, the son of a husband and wife who were killed in a motorcycle crash in Westmoreland County, PA last year filed a wrongful death lawsuit Monday against the tire manufacturer.

William G. Shank, 56, of New Alexandria, PA and his wife, Mary Jane, were riding on a 2007 Harley-Davidson Heritage Soft Tail motorcycle on June 10, 2012, when the rear tire blew out as they drove.

Mr. Shank died at the scene. Mrs. Shank, 52, died 10 days later. Their son, William J. Shank, filed the complaint against Goodyear Dunlop Tires North America LTD and Z&M Cycle Sales.

It includes claims for negligence and wrongful death. The lawsuit alleges that the Dunlop tube inside the Goodyear tire was defective.

Accidents from tire blowouts

Tire blowouts cause vehicles to lose control. This increases the risk of injury due to rollovers and collisions with other vehicles or objects. Traveling at higher speeds or in less stable vehicles such as SUVs and large passenger vans increases the likelihood of injuries as a result of a tire blowout.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that each year, in crashes resulting from flat tire/blowout causes, there are over 400 fatalities and over 10,000 non-fatal injuries. Tire blowouts cause over 23,400 tow-away crashes annually.

With these statistics in mind, it may be beneficial to know the best steps to take in the event of a flat tire or tire blowout.

 What should I do in the event of a tire blowout?

If you are driving while there is a rapid loss of tire pressure or blowout, you should attempt to maintain the vehicle balanced and under control. Any overreaction, including abruptly releasing your foot from the accelerator or slamming on the brakes may result in a loss of vehicle control. Abruptly removing your foot from the accelerator causes the vehicle’s weight to be transferred from the rear to the front tires, potentially leading to loss of control. Applying brakes makes the vehicle further destabilizes the vehicle.

In a blowout situation, you should gradually release the accelerator, after controlled, corrective steering, look and steer in the direction you want the vehicle to go and, once stabilized, continue to slow down and pull over where you deem it safe to do so. These steps should be taken regardless of whether the front or back tire blows out. The main difference will be that you will feel a front tire blowout more in the steering whereas you will feel the force of a rear tire blowout more in the vehicle’s body.

The attorneys at Curran & Desharnais, P.C. hope for your safety. But if you find yourself in a situation where you require legal representation, contact us. We provide experienced representation for people who have been injured in accidents throughout Massachusetts & the Greater Boston area.

Call the Greater Boston Personal Injury Attorneys at the Law Office of Curran & Desharnais, P.C. Today at 781-618-3197 or 1-888-682-9194 or email Attorney Curran directly at jkcurran@verizon.net.

Car Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Personal Injury, Trucking Accidents, wrongful death

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