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Was Defective Tire To Blame For Interstate 4 Rollover Disaster?

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Dangerous Products, Motor vehicle accidents

Was Defective Tire To Blame For Interstate 4 Rollover Disaster?

Was a defective tire responsible for a blowout accident that caused the wrongful death of a Longwood man last Friday? This was the first question that popped into my mind after reading an article on the WESH.com website describing the tragic death of Miguel Javier Figueroa Marzan, age 19, from Longwood. According to the article, Mr. Marzan was riding with a friend in a 1999 Ford SUV being driven by Marcus Grubb of St. Petersburg.  As the group drove through Lakeland on Interstate 4 heading toward Orlando, the right rear tire of the vehicle blew out, causing the vehicle to roll several times. Apparently, Mr. Marzan and Kezra Johnson were both ejected.  Mr. Marzan tragically died, while Ms. Johnson and Mr. Grubb were both seriously injured As an Orlando accident attorney, I know that rollover accidents like this one are often caused by defective tires.  After all, tires are literally “where the rubber meets the road” when it comes to safe driving. (You can click here to watch a short video I shot with safety tips to avoid tire blowouts.) If a defective tire was to blame for this Lakeland rollover accident, the victims will want to make sure and retain any pieces or remnants of the tire that they can.  Also, it would be smart to retain the crashed vehicle as well.  In a tire defect case, these pieces of evidence can be critical to proving a case. If you have any questions regarding a Florida rollover crash or defective tire case, call Winter Park personal injury lawyers Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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Where Did Shredded Tire Come From That Killed One In Osceola Crash?

Posted by on Apr 15, 2013 in Dangerous Products, Motor vehicle accidents

Where Did Shredded Tire Come From That Killed One In Osceola Crash?

Law enforcement officials are blaming a “shredded tire” for causing a church van to overturn on the Florida Turnpike last weekend, causing the death of a Miami woman. According to an article in the Miami Herald, Merlande Cherry, 46, was tragically killed in the accident, while the van’s driver, Willem Camille, was seriously injured and 18 passengers also received injuries. Mr. Camille and 16 of the passengers were transported to Central Florida hospitals. The group was reportedly en route to a church conference. The Florida Highway Patrol reported that a tire separation occurred causing the van to roll several times down the Turnpike. It goes without saying that a tire should not separate under normal driving conditions. As an Orlando automobile accident attorney, I have been involved in tire separation cases in the past. In those instances, the tires were almost always used tires, or retreads that should probably never have been sold in the first place. However, even new tires can separate if they are not manufactured to meet safety standards. New or lightly used tires can fail for many different reasons that would not be immediately obvious to a typical consumer. Last summer, I published this video with some tire safety tips: Tire separation, tire blowout, or tire failure cases can be very challenging, and very often involve a very careful, specialized, and scientific analysis of the remaining pieces of the tire. These are cases where it pays to speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible after the accident. Hopefully, Ms. Cherry’s family can see fit, despite the grieving process, to make sure that any available pieces of the shredded tire are retained, if nothing else. If you have any questions following a Florida tire separation case, or any other kind of Florida automobile accident, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Bob Hemphill and Kim Cullen at...

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