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Jury Awards $14.4 Million for Wrongful Deaths

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Please read the article below. I am interested in everyone's feedback.....

 

 

Jury Awards $14.4 Million for Wrongful Deaths

 

A San Diego jury awarded three young sons $14.4 million Tuesday in a wrongful-death lawsuit for an automobile accident that killed their parents.

 

On July 31, 2006, Casey Barber was driving with his wife Melanie on Highway 98 near Page, Ariz., when their Ford E350 Sportsmobile van lost control and rolled over. Right-rear tire tread separation was determined as the cause of the deadly accident.

 

Plantiffs’ attorney Adam Shea accused the defendant Mossy Ford of improperly fixing the tire in Aug. 2005 when the tire should have been pulled from use.

 

According to a published obituary, the sons were ages 3, 5 and 8 at the time of their parents' deaths. The two sides reached a post-verdict settlement that, including a pre-verdict settlement with other defendants, will award the sons $19 million total, the plantiffs’ attorney said.

 

As part of the post-verdict settlement, Mossy Ford agreed to immediately follow industry guidelines for tire repair and implement a technician training program to improve consumer safety, according to a Businesswire release.

 

"Our goal was more than just obtaining a monetary recovery," plantiffs' counsel Robert Buccola said in the release. "Here, we were able to evoke real change and get the word out to other tire repair facilities of the importance of following tire repair rules to a tee.”

 

 

Source: Jury Awards $14.4 Million for Wrongful Deaths | NBC San Diego

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So the tire repair was done a whole year before and the repair place is still held liable? There must me a LOT more to that story. Was the tire properly maintained? Did it have the correct amount of air? Was it properly rotated?

 

Can anyone tell me where I am supposed to find the industry standard tire repair guidelines? I have never even heard of them and I have been in this business 15 years?

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So the tire repair was done a whole year before and the repair place is still held liable? There must me a LOT more to that story. Was the tire properly maintained? Did it have the correct amount of air? Was it properly rotated?

 

Can anyone tell me where I am supposed to find the industry standard tire repair guidelines? I have never even heard of them and I have been in this business 15 years?

Send Me a fax number and I will Fax you the TIA official manual ( lots of pages )

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I refer tire repairs to Discount Tire. In many most cases the "low,leaking,flat,etc" tire should be replaced due to age,wear,location of wound,being driven on low ,etc). I have put new tires on customers cars at my expense and one guy after missing a semi in the rain by a foot called me by the side of the road thanking me for saving his life. I had a "repaired" front tire deflate on me on a motorcycle on the freeway once and i will not ever repeat that mistake if i can avoid it.My prayers go out to the families involved.

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We no longer plug a tire. We examine the tire very carfully, breakdown the tire and inspect when any tire has a leak. If the tire can be repaired, we use a stem/patch repair. The issue is the price, other shops give away a plug repair and the consumer will have a hard time paying for the proper repair. Plus, the conusmer does not know the difference. It takes time to repair the tire the right way, and we need to charge for that.

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