Buffalo Accident Lawyers Handle RV Tire Failures
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A growing number of lawsuits link tire failures in large “Class A” motor homes to serious and fatal accidents. Class A recreational vehicles usually seat up to six people with a kitchen, living area, bathroom and bedroom. They often contain ceramic floors, granite countertops and slide out sections that enlarge it when parked at a campground.
These heavy loads, together with weight shifting inside the RV, place too much pressure on tires that are inadequate for the load, resulting in sudden tire failures. RV manufacturers are accused of under rating the axel weight of their vehicles and equipping them with tires that cannot bear the load. The tire failures normally occur in the front end of the RV, which has only single tires on each side instead of doubles.
A front blow-out makes it almost impossible to steer. Additionally, due to the fact that many RVs are only used a month or two a year, the tires are often old, increasing the risk of tire separation. The National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTA) is investigating tire failures in Class A motorhomes.
The agency reported that as purchasers of Class A motorhomes select an increasing number of features, such as slide-out galleys and bedrooms, the weight of the vehicles increase resulting in higher axle and tire loads. The agency has recommended that RV manufacturers install larger tires and upgrade other load-carrying components, or increase the specified inflation pressures for tires.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury from an RV tire failure, contact our experienced Buffalo Accident Lawyers to fight for your full financial recovery.