Nadrich & Cohen Attorney Remarks on Tire Failure Accident

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Jeff Nadrich, San Bernardino personal injury attorney of Nadrich & Cohen LLP, explains the civil law implications of a tire failure that led to a woman’s death in San Bernardino, and outlines how the family may have a claim against the manufacturer.

A 62-year-old Los Angeles woman died in a crash caused by tire failure in the community of Newberry Springs, near Barstow. The crash occurred at Interstate 40, after a rear tire separated and the woman lost control of her vehicle, which rolled over Police are continuing their investigation of the case to determine if any other factors contributed to the crash.

According to, tire separation is different from tire blowout. Tire blowout is often caused by underinflated tires and may be an owner issue. The primary reason for tire separation on passenger vehicles is manufacturer defect. Tire separation is often caused by using retreads on large trucks as well. A tire separation can easily lead to a dangerous or fatal crash because the driver loses control over the vehicle in a very short time and may not even be aware of what has happened before a skid begins.

San Bernardino personal injury attorney Jeff Nadrich of Nadrich & Cohen states, “Tire separation is a different issue than blowout because the cause is usually different. In a case such as this one, tire separation likely occurred due to a manufacturer defect, and the driver may have had no indication that there was a problem with the tire until the accident happened. By that time, it was far too late.”

“This woman may well have lost her life due to a defective tire and not through her own error. If that is the case, her family is entitled to wrongful death compensation from the manufacturer. They can collect many types of damages in such a case, including emotional pain and suffering for the loss of the loved one, loss of future earnings, loss of love and affection, and loss of support or mentoring for children or elderly relatives. The tire manufacturer should be made to pay these costs if it produced and marketed a tire that was dangerous and cost a victim her life.”

“It is important for the victim’s family to exercise their rights quickly, because statutes of limitations can bar them from filing a claim after the statutory time limit has passed.” Jeff Nadrich has written extensively about tire tread issues, and has assisted victims in California and across the nation.

About Nadrich & Cohen: Jeff Nadrich is a personal injury attorney with Nadrich & Cohen, a Los Angeles-based law firm with offices in 14 locations across the state. Nadrich & Cohen handles all types of wrongful death and accident cases, including vehicular, motorcycle, and bicycle accidents, pedestrian collisions, boating accidents, dog bites, product defect cases, and nursing home abuse. Victims who have suffered injuries due to someone else’s negligence are encouraged to call for a free consultation with a Nadrich & Cohen attorney, at 1-800-718-4658.

Source: The Press-Enterprise, “BARSTOW: Tire problem triggers fatal I-40 crash,” Richard Brooks, November 12, 2012.

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