Friday, 21 May 2010 22:11

Tire Failure

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

When it is over 100 degrees outside you want to keep your speed below 100 miles per hour! Much less, of course. As you are driving, be aware of the relationship of tire blowouts to heat, speed and age of the tires. See the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration report, which long story short, shows that in a hot climate tires four to six years of age should be replaced regardless of age or tread wear. To quickly check the age of your tires, look for the last few digits of a code on the tire which represents the manufacturing date of the tire. For example, the “459” on one tire means it was manufactured the 45th week of 1999. Since 2000, tires are identified using 2 digits for the week and 2 digits for the year. For example, a tire manufactured during the 31st week of 2005 would end with 3105.

Should your vehicle’s tires fail, whether it is due to a manufacturer’s faulty design or simply a poor quality production run, it can have devastating consequences in the form of car wrecks that can lead to brain injury, paralysis and even death.

If you or a loved one have been the victim of an injury due to a car wreck caused by tire failure, please contact us today for an initial consultation to discuss your legal options for making the tire manufacturers responsible. If you have questions or need additional information, call Law Offices of Gary Green toll free and without obligation at 1-888-442-7947 or send us an e-mail at ggreen@gGreen.com.

Friday, 21 May 2010 12:10

Passenger Van Wrecks

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

Passenger vans were designed in the 1970s when very little testing was done by manufacturers to assess the vans’ propensity to rollover or handling characteristics. These vans are exempt from many federal motor-vehicle safety standards because they are neither considered school busses nor passenger cars. Despite the fact they were originally designed to carry cargo, they often carry people. 15-passenger vans not only have a risk of rollover, but also have weak roofs that crush while rolling over. A passenger van wreck is not an accident when the faults are well known and nothing has been done to change them.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is an agency responsible for investigating motor vehicle defects and establishing and enforcing safety performance standards. The NHTSA publishes a list of warnings for consumers summarized by the following:

  • Children (pre-school and school-aged) should not be transported in 15-passenger vans
  • The number of occupants in a passenger van greatly increases the risk of rollover. ( 5 + in 15-passenger vans)
  • A passenger van containing only a driver has a rollover rate 5 times less than that of a van with a full passenger load
  • All occupants of passenger vans should wear seatbelts.

Despite these public advisories and warnings, the NHTSA had (only until recently) exempted 15-passenger vans from all federal motor vehicle safety standards.

Furthermore, in 2003 the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended the NHTSA strive to improve safety standards in the areas of occupant protection and restraints for passenger vans. The NHTSA now warns people of the dangers of 15-passenger vans, but no new safety standards have been established.

If you have sustained injuries as the occupant of a passenger van, we may be able to help. Call Law Offices of Gary Green toll free and without obligation at 1-888-442-7947 or send us an e-mail at ggreen@gGreen.com.