Recently, a 26-year-old former news anchor and journalist was hit by a runaway tire on the I-10 in Irvine, and he was seriously injured in the process. The young man’s parents shared their gut-wrenching story with a local news channel and questioned why the accident happened in the first place. The fact is that crashes on our highways and roadways are common, and some of them are as random and unexpected as this runaway tire incident. If you or someone you care about has been injured in a car accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, consult with the attorneys at Blair & Ramirez LLP. We’re an experienced Irvine personal injury lawyer.
The runaway tire accident
The young man’s car was hit by a tire as he was driving east. In the interview, his parents describe encountering his nearly lifeless body in the hospital and the devastating effect that had on them. They went on to share that their son was recently engaged and that he has always been there to help anyone in need. The accident left the young man with short-term memory loss, headaches, and other symptoms associated with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Doctors estimate that the injured man will need about six months of intensive outpatient rehabilitation. The police investigating the accident have no leads regarding the errant tire and have, thus, closed the investigation for now.
Unusual car accidents
We all know the dangers associated with rear-end, sideswipe, and intersection accidents, but few of us contemplate the dangers associated with a runaway tire. The fact is, however, these accidents—and others like them—do happen. Examples of unusual occurrences on the road include:
- Runaway trailers (that disconnect from the cars or semi-trucks to which they are attached)
- Spilled cargo on the roadway (when a car or truck loses cargo)
- Poorly executed road construction sites
- Flying debris from tire blowouts
- Serious potholes that are neither marked nor repaired
Any of these situations—and many more besides—can lead to dangerous traffic accidents that are made all the more treacherous because they generally blindside motorists.
Your rights after an unusual car accident
If you are injured in a car accident with an unusual cause, that cause may be traceable to the negligent party. Every driver is responsible for driving safely and responding appropriately to dangerous road conditions and situations. However, when a driver happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time—like the young man above—that driver might have no option other than to sustain the injuries inflicted upon him or her in the fallout of a freak accident.
Truck drivers and trucking companies are responsible for ensuring that trailers are safely secured for every single leg of every single trip. They are also responsible for maintaining the tires on their trucks in excellent working condition. In fact, all motorists are responsible for maintaining road-worthy vehicles. Further, road construction sites must be erected in a manner that protects motorists from undue dangers, and roads must be kept in reasonably safe condition, with dangerous sections marked by warning signs. Accidents caused by runaway tires shouldn’t happen, and—when they do—the responsible parties should be held accountable via personal injury claims.
If someone else’s negligence leaves you injured in a car accident, consult with an experienced Irvine personal injury lawyer today
Car accidents come in many forms. If you’ve been injured in a car accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, the dedicated personal injury lawyers at Blair & Ramirez LLP in Irvine are here to help. Your rights and your rightful compensation matter, so please don’t hesitate to contact or call us at (213) 568-4000 for more information today.