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May 27, 2011

Personal Injuries Due To Car Accidents Often Result From Tire Blowouts

As the busy summer travel season approaches, and with Memorial Day weekend around the corner, it is a good time to discuss the importance of checking one's tire conditions in order to prevent tire blowouts. As the Sun Sentinel reports, two recent car accidents involving tire blowouts bring awareness as to how dangerous - and preventable - tire blowouts are.

The first, which occurred two weeks ago, involved a family that was injured when a tire on their SUV blew out on I-95, causing the vehicle to roll over. The second occurred the very next day, where a tire blowout led to the death of a woman on the Turnpike.

According to tire manufacturer statistics, each year, about 535 deaths and 23,000 car crashes are caused by tire blowouts. As Coral Springs car accident lawyers, we feel it is necessary for Florida drivers, as well as tourists visiting Florida and who will be driving on Florida's roads to be informed on tire blowouts. Below are some of the common causes of tire blowouts and also helpful tips on how to prevent it from happening:

Excessive Wear
Inspect your tires on a regular basis to make sure they are in good condition and that there is enough tread. The website tirerack.com offers specific information on measuring the tread on your tires to make sure they are safe to drive.

Overinflated and Underinflated Tires
A tire that is overinflated causes a car to become unstable. A tire that is underinflated can lead to extreme heat inside the tire, causing a blowout. Make sure to check your tire pressure often. The Florida Highway Patrol recommends drivers check their tires before each car ride. Keep a tire pressure gauge in your car and make it a habit to check your tire pressure.

Heat
Florida is well known for its high temperatures year round. A tire is more likely to rupture in hot temperatures, making Florida's roads very susceptible to tire blowouts. Low tire pressure and heat can be a deadly combination (see above).

Overloading
Busy travel weekends such as Memorial Day mean heavier loads in people's vehicles. Carrying too much weight in your car puts extra strain on your tires. Check your vehicle manufacturer's maximum weight limit, typically found on a placard on the driver's side door.

Defective Tires
In some cases, a tire blowout is caused by a defect in tire manufacture. A personal injury lawyer with experience handling products liability cases will fight for your rights and hold the tire manufacturer accountable for their defective product.

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May 23, 2011

Coral Springs Personal Injury Lawyer Looks at Products Liability and Strict Liability for Pressure Cooker Possibly Causing Leg Amputation

A Miami woman suffered serious personal injuries when a defective product she was cooking with exploded on May 19, 2011. The 79-year-old woman, whose identity has not been released, was using a pressure cooker, when it exploded after falling on the floor. A piece of the pressure cooker ended up cutting off her left leg. The woman survived the accident, and doctors are now working in an attempt to save her leg.

Another news story regarding a products liability case based on defective pressure cookers happened in 2007, when HSN paid an $875,000 penalty to settle allegations from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) that HSN did not immediately report consumer burn injury complaints. According to CPSC allegations, HSN got a minimum of 25 safety complaints about the pressure cookers they retailed from September 2001 until around October 2004, but only reported them in February 2005.

It is mandatory that companies such as HSN report consumer complaints regarding defective and dangerous products to the CPSC. According to Federal law, these reports must be filed immediately in order to alert the public about any safety issues pertaining to personal injuries.

As Coral Springs products liability lawyers, we handle cases dealing with dangerous products and defects in design and manufacture under a negligence cause of action, as well as cases of strict liability. Under strict liability, the Plaintiff (person injured) is not required to prove that the manufacturer or seller of a product was negligent in producing or selling the product as the manufacturer or seller have a duty by law to produce and sell safe products. Lawsuits alleging strict liability or negligence each have their pros and cons and it is important to discuss your case with an injury lawyer who can recommend the best strategies for you case.

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