Defective Tire Jury Award
Written by Faith Anderson on October 14, 2013
$10 Million Verdict Delivered in Blowout Lawsuit Filed Against Continental Tire
A victim of a horrific tire blowout accident has been awarded $10 million in damages for her injuries and medical bills.
A Florida jury has ordered Continental Tire North America to pay close to $10 million in damages following a 2009 accident that occurred after one of the company’s tires exploded. The verdict came in a lawsuit filed by Tracey Parker, a woman who was hospitalized for 102 days following an accident on I-95 in Florida, after one of her car’s tires blew out. If you have suffered serious injuries in a car accident you believe was caused by a tire blowout or another defective auto part, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers harmed by big corporations like Continental Tire, and we can help put you in touch with an attorney who has experience handling defective tire and tire blowout cases in your area.
Continental Accused of Making a Defective Tire
According to allegations raised in Parker’s suit, which was filed in Palm Beach County, the tire manufactured by Continental Tire failed because it was defective. Prior to the accident that resulted in Parker being hospitalized for more than three months, the tire was in good condition, was not worn down and had no prior repairs. In fact, the tire still had 20,000 miles of tread and three years of warranty remaining at the time it exploded. When the tire blew out, Parker’s vehicle flipped over three times and landed in the median on I-95. The 39-year-old had to be airlifted to the hospital, where she underwent 17 surgeries and was in a coma for more than a month after the accident. Her medical bills cost upwards of $1.5 million.
Contact a Reputable Attorney to File a Claim
In her complaint, Parker alleges that some of the bones in her shoulder that were broken in the accident never healed properly. As a result, she claims to suffer constant pain that prevents her from working or providing for herself and her family. The Florida jury awarded Parker nearly $10 million in damages, and she is expected to ask for Continental Tire to be held responsible for nearly $2 million in court and attorney fees as well. According to a recent report, Continental rejected an earlier offer to settle the claim for $800,000, which allows Parker’s attorneys to ask the tire company to cover court costs that could have been avoided. If you have been involved in an auto accident allegedly caused by a defective tire blowout, consult a knowledgeable lawyer in your area to discuss your legal options.