A Ford Expedition carrying nine people lost control, veered off of I-95 and overturned yesterday after the SUV experienced a tire blow out. Four adults and one teenager died in the Flagler County accident. Flagler County is two counties south of Jacksonville’s Duval County.
Two of the nine occupants were wearing seatbelts and several of the passengers were ejected from the vehicle during the crash. In addition to the adults and teenager who perished in this accident, four children suffered personal injuries.
It is unknown if this tragic single car accident resulted from a product defect with the vehicle’s tires, or if the tire was simply worn beyond its safe lifespan. With tire blowout accidents, it is critical that all evidence is sucured and maintained, including the vehicle, the tire, the wheel and any parts of tread that can be found. All of this evidence must be examined by one or more expert witnesses to determine the cause of the vehicle’s crash.
Some years back, there were a number of product liability lawsuits against Ford Motor Company and Firestone Tires for similar accidents with blow-outs. In such claims, the plaintiffs alleged personal injuries and wrongful deaths occured because of manufacturing or design defects in which it was alleged that the Ford SUVs were susceptible to rolling over when Firestone Tires blew out.
If you need an attorney to evaluate your car accident case, please contact our attorneys handling defective products cases in the Northeast Florida area, including Duval, Clay, Nassau, Baker, St. Johns, Flagler, Putnam, Bradford, Union, Alachua and Columbia Counties.