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...Read More »
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