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Two dead in I-95 rollover accident in Fort Lauderdale

December 2, 2010

The Sun-Sentinel reports that early Thursday a rollover accident claimed the life of two men on Florida’s I-95 just south of Broward Boulevard. The Florida Highway patrol states that the pick up truck veered off the road, overturned, and crashed into the trees off the roadway. According to Matt Little, a spokesperson for Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, the pick-up truck rolled over several times, and two men were ejected. The two men were pronounced dead at the scene, and their identities have not been released.

Though the cause of the accident has not been determined, there have been several rollover accidents recently caused by defective tires on the vehicle. When a vehicle is equipped with a defective tires , the likelihood of a serious injury occurring is very high. However tire failures, blowouts and de-treads are foreseeable and preventable events.

Most tires are estimated to last between 60,000 and 80,000 miles. As tires age, the rubber can become more brittle and more prone to a blowout or a de-tread event. The NHTSA recommends that tires be replaced every six years, regardless of mileage or use.

All tires are printed with information about their manufacture date. The information is usually printed on the outside sidewall, close to the rim/hubcap. The number is preceded by the letters “DOT,” which stands for U.S. Department of Transportation and indicates that the tire meets all federal standards. This is followed by two numbers and letters that are a code for where the tire was manufactured. Following the manufacturer ID numbers or letters is the code that provides information about the tire’s age. For instance, the numbers “5107” mean that the tire was manufactured during the 51st week of 2007.

If you suspect tire failure has lead to a car accident, contact attorney Joseph Maus to discuss your rights.

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