Over the weekend, a church vehicle crashed, killing at least one. News accounts report that this tragedy occurred when the left rear tire failed. That is a particularly dangerous location on a vehicle for a tire failure.
The failure of a tire presents a serious hazard to those in the vehicle as well as other motorists on the highway. Drivers have a difficult time controlling the vehicle due to the sudden and unexpected handling challenges. Makers of tires know this when they blame the driver after the failure of a badly designed or poorly fabricated tire causes death or serious injury on the highway. Because of the nature of some of the components, it is critical to preserve the evidence immediately and carefully, as soon as possible after such an event, to prevent the tire maker from gaining an unfair advantage and to be able to present all possible evidence in the event litigation develops.