Possible Tread Separation Tied to Texas Accident That Killed 14

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 24-Jul-2012

The South Texas truck accident that left 15 suspected illegal immigrants dead on Sunday is being linked to tread separation, officials revealed on Tuesday.

Police identified the driver of the truck as 22-year-old Ricardo Mendoza-Pineda. He was one of the people killed in the crash South of San Antonio.

Two children were among the 11 people who were pronounced dead at the scene. Four others died later at the hospital. Officials said most of the occupants were ejected from the pickup truck.

Authorities believe the front, passenger side tire came apart, causing the driver of the pickup truck to lose control of the vehicle.

Officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety have not revealed what may have caused the tire to separate or what brand of tire the pickup truck was outfitted with at the time of the tread separation accident.

As many as 23 people were packed into the truck at the time of the auto accident in South Texas, leaving 14 of the occupants dead and sending nine more to the hospital with injuries.

According to authorities, many of the victims of the car wreck near Goliad were from Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala.

Tire defects and flaws become even more vulnerable as summer months heat up and temperatures increase. In addition, Texans and travelers across the nation hit the road more often during summer months, resulting in increased traffic on highways and interstates. The combination of higher temperatures, which can weaken already defective or poorly maintained tires, with higher rates of speed and more time spent on the road can be deadly.

While proper maintenance of tires is imperative to keeping vehicles operating in a safe manner, not all tread separation accidents or tire blowout accidents are caused by ignored maintenance. Instead, some accidents can be tied to defects, flaws, inadequate manufacturer recommendations and poor product design.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or killed in a tread separation accident call our auto product liability accident lawyers in San Antonio, Austin, Laredo and statewide Texas at 254-633-2983, contact our tire defect lawyers online or visit one of the 11 office locations for our car accident attorneys in San Antonio and across the state for a free consultation today.

Our experienced lawyers, professional medical consultants, private investigators and caring staff will help you uncover answers to some of the questions surrounding your accident or the fatal rollover accident of a loved one while seeking just compensation for your injuries and loss tied to a bad product. We care. We can help.

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