November 20, 2008

Too often you read about Florida car accidents in the newspaper and see that the cause of the accident is “unknown” or still “under investigation”. Many times the true cause of the accident will never be known unless someone involved in the accident makes a determined effort to find out what happened. This can be an expensive process that involves expensive expert testimony and accident reconstruction. But what you may just find out is that the cause of many Florida car accidents was not driver error as may have been suspected, but more likely than not it is the result of an equipment malfunction.

One of the most common equipment failures is the tire and its components. Even the smallest part to the tire such as a valve stem or a lug nut holding the tire on, can cause it to malfunction, resulting in a tragic outcome. One of the Florida car accidents that wasn’t caused by what it seemed to be (driver error) occurred recently on I-75 in Central Florida and happened when the car lost control. The car rolled seven times, killing the driver. What appeared to be a random tire blowout appears to have been caused by a faulty tire valve that was cracked almost the length of the valve stem. A lawsuit has been filed against the distributor of the valve stem, which is made in China.

This accident was not an isolated incident, but rather one of many accidents which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating. NHTSA has received more than 200 similar complaints about faulty tire valve stems, and estimates that 30 million valve stems made from the same production run from the Chinese company could still be in use on cars in the USA today.

A separate Federal investigation for faulty tire valve stems has focused on cars manufactured by Ford. According to news reports, Ford has admitted that the investigation has centered on twelve different 2007 Ford and Mercury models such as:

  • Explorer
  • Fusion
  • Focus
  • Expedition
  • Escape
  • Edge
  • Mustang
  • F-150
  • Mercury Grand Marquis
  • MKX
  • MKZ
  • Milan

These cars represent close to 1 million vehicles that could be on the road with potentially fatal faulty tire valve sytems.

The causes of many Florida car accidents are not always apparent. Sometimes, you have to dig deep to find the cause. Examine the car, all its parts, and the area surrounding where the accident occurred to determine the true cause of an accident. If you or your loved one has been seriously injured in car accidents in Florida, you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to investigate the true cause of the accident. Contact an experienced Florida car accidents lawyer at Joseph M. Maus, P.A. to get answers to your questions about how an accident happened. The Florida car accidents lawyers at Joseph M. Maus, P.A. offer a free, no obligation consultation to talk to you about your accident, and how you can recover compensation for your injuries.

For more information about Florida car accidents, contact the Florida auto accident lawyers at Joseph M. Maus, P.A.at 1-866-556-5529 or email them today.


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