In a jarring ABC News 20/20 segment last May, investigative reporters exposed the little known but serious danger of driving on aged tires. Readers are urged to watch the full presentation in an online video on the ABC News website (link above), but briefly, the lesson of the segment is that the tread on old tires can peel off without warning and therefore motorists need to examine the age of their tires using the technique described in the presentation (all tires come with numbers that disclose their age – you just need to know how to read the numbers). The show indicates that after 6 years, a tire becomes dangerous, and should be replaced. Yet, major retailers such as Sears and Walmart continue to sell tires much older than the recommended expiration date (with representations to ABC News reporters posing as buyers that the tires are perfectly safe).
If you or a loved has been injured in an automobile accident due to a tire blowout or other auto malfunction, the Portland and Seattle car accident lawyers at D'Amore & Associates can help you determine your rights. Our experienced auto accident attorneys will thoroughly investigate your claim using accident reconstruction, analysis of police reports and witnesses, medical experts to determine necessary future medical treatment, expert forensic economists to determine lost wages and future earning potential as well as pain and suffering and the loss of enjoyment of life.