There are plenty of motorcycle riders in and around Everett, Washington. While these vehicles can be fun to ride on, motorcycle accidents can be particularly devastating. One major cause of motorcycle accidents is tire blowouts. Who is to blame for these situations?
At Russell & Hill, PLLC, our motorcycle accident attorneys in Everett want to discuss these incidents as well as how we may be able to help secure compensation.
What can happen as a result of a motorcycle tire blowout?
According to the latest year of data from the Washington Department of Transportation, there were nearly 2,000 total motorcycle accidents across the state. Out of those incidents, there were:
- 90 fatal crashes
- 400 suspected serious injury crashes
- 538 suspected minor injury crashes
- 602 possible injury crashes
Motorcyclists involved in accidents tend to suffer more severe injuries than those sustained by passengers in traditional motor vehicles. Because motorcyclists have less protection than others on the roadway, it is not uncommon for them to sustain the following:
- Severe spinal cord trauma causing paralysis
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Open head wounds/skull fractures
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations or road rash
- Amputations and crush injuries
Liability for a tire blowout
In most cases, these incidents are caused by careless driver operation on the part of either another driver or the motorcyclist. However, there are times when a motorcycle accident occurs due to a tire blowout. Liability in these incidents complicated.
Thanks to improvements in motorcycle tire technology, blowouts are less common than they used to be. However, these incidents can still occur. Because a motorcycle only has two tires, maneuvering in traffic after a blowout is incredibly difficult. There may be various liable parties in these cases:
- The tire manufacturer: There are times when a tire fails due to a design or manufacturing flaw. In these cases, the company or manufacturer of the tire could be held liable for any damages that occurred in a tire blowout accident.
- The motorcycle mechanic: Motorcyclists depend on mechanics to repair or replace their tires. Installed tires must be rated for the speed and weight of the bike, and they must be inflated to the right pressure. If a motorcyclist used a mechanic to replace their tires and the mechanic installed the wrong kind of tires or inflated them improperly, they could be held liable for a tire blowout.
- The local municipality: Dangerous roadway conditions can lead to a motorcycle tire blowout. Government entities are responsible for maintaining roads and ensuring that hazards are promptly remedied.
We can help secure the compensation you need
If you or somebody you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence or a tire blowout, you may be entitled to significant compensation. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, we are fully equipped to handle every aspect of your case. We will investigate the crash in order to secure any compensation you are entitled to, which can include:
- All medical bills caused by the motorcycle crash
- Lost income if you are unable to work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against a grossly negligent party