Jupiter Woman Receives Multi-Million Dollar Verdict in Defective Tire Case
Approximately 400 tire failure related fatalities occur each year. The percentage of these failures that are attributable to tire manufacturers is unknown, but as Jupiter resident Tracey Parker has recently shown, the manufactures of defective tires can be held accountable for the damages that result from these accidents.
Earlier this month Parker was awarded almost $10 million by a jury in Palm Beach County against Continental Tire, which was held responsible for a crash that cost Parker $1.5 million in medical expenses.
Why is a Defective Tire Worth $10 Million?
Parker’s case progressed through a 3 week trial where her attorneys argued that the bead on the tire was improperly formed, and caused the tire to detach from the rim while Parker was driving on I-95. Once the tires flew off Parker’s Chevrolet Colbalt, the vehicle flipped 3 times, and put Parker in a coma for a month.
Parker’s doctors did not expect her to survive. But Parker recovered little by little after undergoing 17 surgeries that required her to spend more than 3 months in the hospital. However, Parker claims that her broken bones in her shoulder never properly healed, and now she lives with chronic, disabling pain.
Parker’s award was high due to extent of her damages, pain and suffering, and lost wages for her inability to work. It also helped that Continental Tire is the fourth largest tire manufacturer in the country.
Continental tire argued at trial that the accident would have never happened if Parker had properly inflated the tire. The tire company is expected to appeal.
Defective Tire Liability
Tire manufactures make a lot of money. However, with this immense profit also comes significant liability because these manufacturers are liable for the damages caused by placing defective tires on the market, even if they used high standards of care in the manufacturing.
In addition to the typical damages that Parker was awarded, in certain situations the manufacturer in these cases may also be liable for paying some of the attorney fees incurred at trial. Because Continental Tire rejected a settlement offer under Florida Statute 768.79, it must pay Parker’s attorney fees that were incurred after the offer was rejected; leaving Parker with even more of the award.
Contact a West Palm Beach Defective Tire Lawyer
If you have been injured by faulty or defective tires contact the West Palm Beach defective tire attorneys at the Law Offices of William E. Johnson, P.A. Schedule a free consultation by calling 561-832-4848 today.
Source: Jane Musgrave, Jury awards Jupiter woman nearly $10M in faulty tire accident, Palm Beach Post (Oct. 4, 2013).