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Tire blowout causes deadly tractor trailer crash in Liberty, Texas

LIBERTY, Texas – A tire blowout is to blame for a truck driver losing control of his 18-wheeler and crashing early Tuesday morning on Interstate 45 in Huntsville, Texas. Driver Michael Bird, 56, was traveling in the right northbound lane on I-45 near exit 113 when the blowout on the right front tire occurred. Mr. Bird’s truck veered off the highway, colliding with a guardrail and hitting a concrete bridge support column head-on. The impact caused the truck to burst into flames with Mr. Bird still inside. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash also caused severe structural ... Read More

Tire blowout likely cause of deadly N.J. van crash, investigators say

Police investigating the deadly June 3 crash of a passenger van transporting produce workers say that a tire blowout is likely to blame for the crash, which killed two people and left four others seriously injured. New Jersey State Police say that a GMC passenger van driven by Romulo de la Cruz, 28, was traveling northbound on highway 55 when the front driver’s side tire blew out around 6 a.m., causing Mr. de la Cruz to lose control of the vehicle. The van left swerved off the highway and struck a tree, creating an impact that was “so severe the ... Read More

Defective tires are a deadly threat, yet tire recalls remain elusive

Defective tires are one of the most dangerous and potentially deadly automotive flaws that threaten motorists every day. But despite the danger, finding out whether a particular make and model of tire is subject to a recall remains a remarkably difficult and frustrating process for everyday consumers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 11,000 tire-related crashes occur every year, killing about 200 people. Current databases make it impossible to tell how many of these crashes are the result of improperly maintained or old tires, and how many are caused by manufacturer defects. And, when tries are known ... Read More

Tire blowout eyed as cause of deadly Louisiana crash

CENTREVILLE, La. — A blown-out tire may be to blame for a fatal crash Saturday that killed an adult and three children and injured several members of the Lafayette High School baseball team. A Louisiana State Police report said that Ladonna Cheatham, 36, was driving a 2004 Kia Sorrento on U.S. Highway 90 about 11:41 am. when the left rear tire on her vehicle failed. The blowout caused the SUV to run off the left side of the road and cross the median, which put it in the path of a school bus carrying 30 members of the baseball team ... Read More

Jury awards athlete’s family $131 million for defective seat belt, rollover

Nearly ten years after the death of 22-year-old Brian Cole, whose life was cut short when he was thrown from a 2001 Ford Explorer in an accident, a Mississippi jury has awarded the man’s family $131 million in damages. The verdict is the largest award ever against Ford Motor Co. in a lawsuit involving a Ford SUV. Cole was a former Meridian High School standout and top New York Mets baseball prospect when he was killed on March 31, 2001. According to the plaintiffs’ lawsuit, Cole was driving home to Mississippi on I-10 after spring training in Port St. Lucie, ... Read More